WHO/Europe | Serbia - South-eastern Europe workshop on availability of blood and safety of transfusion therapy in emergencies

A multicountry workshop on increasing blood availability and providing the highest donor and patient safety in transfusion therapy in emergency circumstances took place in Bucharest, Romania on 7–9 July 2014. The workshop was organized by the Technical Assistance Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) in cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Health, on behalf of the Regional Health Development Centre (RHDC) on Accreditation and Continuous Quality in Belgrade, and the RHDC on Blood Products and Safety in Oradea, Romania. The aim was to promote implementation of European Union (EU) quality and safety standards for the collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution of human blood and blood components among the health authorities, blood centre specialists and hospital clinicians in participating countries. 

Key experts from WHO and other partner agencies presented their work and representatives of EU Member States and of the countries of the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) as well as Turkey and Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)) shared their experiences in the field of patient and donor safety, transfusion therapy in emergency circumstances, legislation and other developments in this area.

Long-term capacity building 

This workshop is part of a series of capacity-building activities led by the RHDCs in Belgrade and Oradea and supported by TAIEX. Proposed targets identified earlier by these RHDCs remain valid today, with a particular focus on developing a national action plan consisting of standardized operations and managerial aspects, which is sustained by adequate team training and inter-institutional collaboration. 

Based on the discussions, a draft Decision was agreed by the meeting and subsequently submitted to and adopted by the 33rd meeting of the SEEHN held on 10–11 July 2014. 

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