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Title: External financial aid to blood transfusion services in sub-saharan Africa: a need for reflection
Authors: Ala, Fereydoun
Allain, Jean-Pierre
Bates, Imelda
Boukef, Kamel
Boulton, Frank
Brandful, James
Dax, Elizabeth M.
El Ekiaby, Magdy
Farrugia, Albert
Gorlin, Jed
Hassall, Oliver
Lee, Helen
Loua, Andre´
Maitland, Kathryn
Mbanya, Dora
Mukhtar, Zainab
Murphy, William
Opare- Sem, Ohene
Owusu-Ofori, Shirley
Reesink, Henk
Roberts, David
Torres, Oscar
Totoe, Grace
Ullum, Henrik
Wendel, Silvano
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: PLOS Medicine
Citation: PLOS Medicine September 2012 | Volume 9 | Issue 9 |
Abstract: Over the past ten years, high-income countries in the North have provided considerable financial aid to establish and support national blood transfusion services in low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This action has largely been driven by concerns relating to the contribution of blood transfusion to the HIV epidemic in the region, leading to the overwhelming objective of ‘‘safe blood.’’ Whilst there have been definite benefits to transfusion services, we believe this aid has resulted in unintended but serious negative outcomes, which we describe here and argue should prompt a re-thinking of how to provide support to blood transfusion services in sub-Saharan Africa.
Description: PLOS Medicine September 2012 | Volume 9 | Issue 9. Also available at www.plosmedicine.org
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7000
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