AATM-AABB 2018 joint Congress: Blood safety in Iran comparable to developed countries
During the 2018 Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM)- American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) joint Congress, Dr. Ali Akbar Pourfathollah, IBTO Managing Director presented the policies and strategies of blood safety in Iran.
“Along with the world, Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) benefiting from a centralized national system has reached considerable achievements in increasing the standards of blood safety.”he said.
“These advances paved the ways for IBTO to be a pioneer and leading organization in the region in terms of blood safety which is highly comparable to the developed nations. While the prevalence of HBSAg, HCV and HIV are 2.2%, 0.7 %and 0.1% among general population, these rates are considerably low among blood donors (0.11%, 0.04% and 0.003% respectively). In addition, blood donor screening and surveillance programs running in 14 provinces and incidence monitoring of HIV, Hepatitis B and C among blood donors as well as increasing the number of regular blood donors have raised the hopes to reach zero-risk blood transfusion. Toll manufacturing of PDMs from surplus plasma has also greatly contributed to this achievement. “he added.
The 2018 AATM-AABB joint Congress was held from 7-8 December in New Delhi in India.