Short Supply, Vital Demand

In 1975, the WHO lauded the lifesaving importance of blood transfusion services. But issues of safety, supply, access and use protocols still plague BTS in sub-Saharan Africa where anemic children and maternal emergencies comprise most BTS needs, writes Imperial College London’s Kath Maitland.
Unpredictable demand and a lack of donors strain BTS supply chains and children often die waiting for transfusions. Suggested use guidelines to ration supply aren’t based on clinical research so prioritizing critical cases is difficult. Maitland hopes to refine guidelines once data from a study of anemic children hospitalized in Uganda and Malawi are released next year.
Imperial Medicine Blog

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