Re-designation of IBTO as WHO Collaborating Center for 2017-2021
Rwanda National Blood Service: A role model for least developed countries

In Meeting of WHO Collaborating Centres and Key Implementing Partners for Blood & Transfusion Safety that took place from 15-17 May 2018 in Shanghai, Dr. SwaibuKatare, the Rwanda National Blood Service (RNBS) Manager reported the journey of RNCBT to success.

Rwanda, a country with destroyed health infrastructure due to 1994 genocide against the Tutsis has turned to one of the successful blood services among African countries. Dr. SwaibuKatare a graduated blood transfusion specialist from Belgium played an important role in this success story. Blood collection and voluntary blood donation has been on a steady rise since his presidency on RNBS.

This continuous rise was possible thanks to various strategies RNBS has put in place including: Strong awareness/marketing programs; implementation of an Annual Blood Collection Plan; Partnership through Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with institutions with big potential of donor population; organizing blood donation campaigns; developing a donor communication strategy, etc.

NCBT introduced a hemovigilance programme from 2015 on both donor and recipient sides and unbelievably, in 2016, Rwanda started using DRONES to deliver blood to transfusing Health Facilities.

Prof. Ali Akbar Pourfathollah has also attended the meeting as the Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Research & Education on Blood Safety. He met with Dr. SwaibuKatare and congratulated RNCBT for its great achievements.