The National Blood Service, Ghana joins four other African countries in the implementation of a Blood Safety Information System – (BSIS). The four, include Lesotho, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Zambia. TDSCN3912he BSIS, is designed to track blood donor information from the point of blood donation, through laboratory testing, processing, storage and distribution to health facilities.DSCN3841

Significantly, the system has the capability to exclude blood donors based on HIV status and track blood donor infectious disease testing results that will ensure adequate linkage to care and treatment services.

BSIS also builds the capacity of health professionals to manage information related to blood services, improve blood centre laboratory quality and facilitate movement of NBSG towards accreditation through the African Society of Blood Transfusion (ASBT).

Launching the facility in Accra on Friday, May 26, 2017, the US Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson noted that “Ghana can achieve an AIDS-free generation through the use of the BSIS, a situation he described as one-step ahead of the goal.”

Ambassador Jackson revealed, thDSCN3900at with the help of the American people, the US government bilateral support of the HIV/AIDS response in Ghana has come through the president’s Emergency plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and acknowledged that the programme has been a major contributor to epidemic control in Ghana.

On her part, the CEO of National Blood Service, Ghana Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah was thankful to the partners – i.e the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Jembi Health Systems NPC, for the suppoDSCN3925rt and pledged that the system would be used effectively for its intended purpose.

A Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah who launched the facility appealed to Ghanaians to support voluntary blood donation activities in the country to enable the National Blood Service, Ghana achieve the 100% voluntaryDSCN3990unpaid donations by the end of 2020.

The development and launch of the BSIS reflects an effective partnership between international and local partners such as the National Blood Service, Ghana, the Ministry of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Safe Blood for Africa, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Jembi Health Systems in South Africa.