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Title: Status report of the blood transfusion services in Myanmar
Date of publication: January 2009
Description/subject: The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) initiated blood donation activities in 1961, and since then, has been organizing regular blood donation activities. The MRCS supports the ‘national blood and blood product law’ (enacted in January 2003) to save patients lives through blood transfusion of quality assured blood and blood products and to prevent transfusion transmissible infections through the promotion of Voluntary Nonremunerated Blood Donation (VNRBD). Every day, millions of people in the country require blood transfusion. Most transfusions save lives, but there is always a risk of infection from contaminated blood. Safe blood may generally be described as having no trace of viruses, parasites, or other factors that may cause harm to the recipient. A system of regular blood donation from voluntary nonremunerated blood donors is widely recognized as a critical factor in quality blood service delivery. Blood collected from family or replacement donors, especially paid donors, is known to have a higher incidence and prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections. Blood collected from a voluntary system is safe, and less likely to contain HIV, Hepatitis B or C, or some other infections. A crucial element in ensuring safety is to know as much as possible about the source of donated blood. Voluntary nonremunerated blood donors who chip-in blood regularly are the low-risk donors because they are motivated solely by altruism and have no reason to conceal. This requires the establishment of an effective blood donor program for education, motivation, and recruitment of voluntary blood donors, assessing the suitability of donors, safe blood collection procedures, and high-quality donor care to promote donor retention.
Author/creator: Thida Aung
Language: English
Source/publisher: Asian Journal Transfusion Science
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 November 2010

Title: Standard Operating Procedures in Blood Centres: Report of a Workshop Yangon, Myanmar, 14-17 September 2004
Date of publication: November 2004
Description/subject: CONTENTS: 1. INTRODUCTION 2. OBJECTIVES 3. INAUGURAL SESSION 4. WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY 5. RECOMMENDATIONS 5.1 For WHO 5.2 For Member States 5.3 For Participants..... Annexes: 1. List of Participants 2. Programme
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Health Organization _Regional Office for South-East Asia
Format/size: pdf (52.65 K)
Alternate URLs: http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/BCT_Reports_HLM-385.pdf
Date of entry/update: 10 November 2010

Title: Clinical Use of Blood: Report of a Sub-Regional Workshop Yangon, Myanmar, 8-11 April 2003
Date of publication: July 2003
Description/subject: CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION 2. OBJECTIVES 3. INAUGURAL SESSION 4. PROCEEDINGS 5.RECOMMENDATIONS ..... Annexes 1.Programme 2. List of Participants
Language: English
Source/publisher: World Health Organization _Regional Office for South-East Asia
Format/size: pdf (627 KB)
Alternate URLs:
Date of entry/update: 10 November 2010