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Project ID:00076056Description:CHF Somalia HEALTH/WHO BloodTr
Somalia Humanitarian Fund
Start Date *: 13 Aug 2010
End Date*: 11 Aug 2011
Country: Somalia Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   WHO - World Health Organization

CHF-DMA-0489-030 "Ensuring the availability of safety of blood transfusion services  for use in  emergency life saving services in conflict areas of South Central Somalia"  - 197,441$

Somalia has 36   blood transfusion  centres  with 13 of them found in south central zone .Blood safety service has not  been adequately established  due to the following  challenges;   inadequate  funding  and  commitment  from donors as well as all partners working in  Somalia to support   MOH  in  developing policies , equipping  the laboratories to adequately screen and prepare blood products, build the  capacity of health  worker  to provide  quality services, recruit  trained staff, provide continuous supply of screening kits and consumables  for the laboratories and increase awareness on importance of  volunteer blood donation to create  blood reserve. Blood safety services play a major entry point to increase access to HIV screening and final links to the established Somalia ART programme. Currently there is inadequate blood safety linkage to the ART programme. There are no blood banks in Somalia as most blood transfused is mainly donated by relatives based on the need and prevailing situation. Considering South Central is a conflict prone zone, occasioned by violence and emergency blood transfusion requirements, establishment of blood bank is needed to serve as reservoirs for emergencies and regular use especially when situations call for urgent transfusion.

Objective: To save lives through availability of safe blood for transfusion due to trauma , conflict related injuries obstetric complication  and other  general  hospitalized health conditions that require  blood replacement.

Main Outcomes:

  • Greater access to safe blood for people  in need of blood transfusion  in emergencies due trauma and conflict related injuries as well as general  hospital use.
  • Continous supply blood screening kits  reagents and general medical  supplies  available.
  • Blood banks established.
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