Global Blood Safety Initiative (GBSI)

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1988-05-16 Geneva Switzerland


16-17 May 1988, Geneva (Switzerland), as a Global Blood Safety Consortium of B-XB3548 - WHO; B-XB2532 - International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT); B-XB2907 - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Not an organization, but a concept which functions within several WHO sections. Disbanded when activities taken over by the Blood Safety Unit within WHO.


Support development of integrated blood transfusion services in all countries, including assurance of supplies of blood and blood products which are as safe as possible, accessible at reasonable cost and adequate to meet patients' needs, thereby reducing morbidity and mortality from failure to transfuse and from complications of transfusion, including transmission of HIV and other infectious agents causing diseases such as hepatitis B and C, Chagas' disease and syphilis; support existing and future national blood programmes; integrate plans with national medium-term programmes for AIDS prevention and control; work with governments and other decision makers to emphasize the importance of creation of national blood transfusion policies and underline the nature of blood transfusion medicine and promote blood banking as an independent entity in health care systems.


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Technical Advisory Committee. The administrative position was restructured in 1990 in order to broaden the basis of its funding while maintaining close relationship with Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and emphasizing its own identity within the Unit of Health Laboratory Technology and Blood Safety (LBS).


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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