The blood supply in Sub-Saharan Africa: Needs, challenges, and solutions

Troy C. Lund, Heather Hume, Jean P. Allain, Jeffrey McCullough, Walter Dzik

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Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is burdened with a growing population and poor health care resources. Transfusion medicine is uniquely affected for SSA as a result of a combination of factors which put tremendous pressure on the blood supply. In this review, we consider these factors including: malaria, sickle cell anemia, transfusion medicine infrastructure, and past transfusion medicine policies including those which are tied to foreign aid, such as a VNRD-only practice. We also consider how SSA can overcome some of these hurdles to achieve a safe and adequate blood supply for its people through the advent of new vaccines, medications, infrastructure development, policy changes, and education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-421
Number of pages6
JournalTransfusion and Apheresis Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Blood Supply
  • Global
  • Sub Saharan Africa
  • Transfusion


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