A Bloody Mess

Over 15+ years, Kenya received $72.5 million from the US government to build up its blood safety and transfusion program “nearly from scratch.”
 
But that funding has tapered off and dried up—and the Kenyan government hasn’t budgeted to fill the gap this year, leaving patients in dire straits.
 
With the blood collected in 2019, Kenya only has enough blood for less than a fifth of the people who may need it.
 
As parents of jaundiced newborns scramble to find blood donations themselves, citizens have taken the situation into their own hands, creating social media groups to help connect patients with the right donors.
 
The Washington Post

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