WHO Approves UAE Recommendations for Blood Transfusion Safety in the World

Dubai, 14th March 2010 The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, has approved the recommendations of the workshop that was organized by the UAE Ministry of Health through the Center for Blood Transfusion ‘&’ Research Services in Sharjah from 31st March 2009 till 2nd April 2009 as a global basis and measurement for supporting blood transfusion safety in the world.

The World Health Organization circulated this decision lately to all the seven regions in all parts of the world to adopt the recommendations that were issued by the UAE as global basis and requirement for blood transfusion programs and safety in the world. This was stated by Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Executive Director for Medical Practices and Licenses and Chairman of the higher national blood transfusion committee n the UAE.

Dr. Al Amiri said: “The circular included developed countries and those who lack advanced services. The WHO depended on the basic requirements presented at the workshop in Sharjah and considered it as a guide to all the countries of the world. The WHO adopted the need for the directors of blood transfusion centers in each country and decision makers to take the responsibilities in supporting the blood transfusion programs and developing the mechanism of exchanging information between blood transfusion centers to communicate with the respective regional centers”.

Dr. Al Amiri explained that the workshop was attended by His Excellency the Minister of Health, seven regional representatives from the World Health Organization and 35 international representatives from all over the world. A number of experts and international scientists in the blood transfusion field spoke at the workshop too.

According to Dr. Al Amiri, the organization circulated its decision to the blood transfusion international organizations especially the results of the consultative global meeting for blood transfusion that was held lately with international blood transfusion centers and experts in the field at the head quarters of the organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

In addition, the organization also focused on the need of applying self assessment programs and repeated screening policies for transmitted infectious diseases through blood transfusion practices to ensure adequate safety procedures.

The World Health Organization called all the member states to benefit from the blood transfusion programs in the developed countries reassuring the importance of focusing on the role of the regional centers especially the Sharjah Blood Transfusion Center as it supports 22 countries in the Arab world. It also drew the significant presence of a network between countries of the region to exchange researches and information in the field of blood transfusion, and benefit from the experiences of international expertise and consultants as recommended when attending the workshop in Sharjah, UAE.