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Building research capacity of blood transfusion services in Africa

Objective

The purpose of this project is to build sustainable capacity for research in blood transfusion services in Africa. There is a critical lack of individuals with research skills in Africa’s transfusion services; without these skills the service cannot do the research needed to improve the safety and supply of blood for their people. Blood transfusions in Africa are given predominantly for emergencies like bleeding during childbirth or severe anaemia due to malaria. In contracts, in wealthy countries demand for blood is predictable, transfusion services have centralised blood collection centres and effective distribution networks to hospitals where the blood is used. In Africa, the unpredictable blood use, severe blood shortages and difficulties in reaching remote hospitals means that research from wealthy countries may not apply to transfusion services in Africa. Therefore if African countries are to improve their blood transfusion services they need to generate their own evidence.

Africa’s transfusion professionals have a wealth of technical expertise but almost no research experience. Several European institutions have expertise in building research capacity among health professionals in Africa. This project will coordinate EU and African collaborations to transfer research skills to the African partners. EU partners will benefit by enhancing their own blood transfusion research skills. To do this we will support three research training schemes (PhD, under/post graduates, in-service) in each of two African partner transfusion services. All partners will contribute to disseminating information about the project to both academic and non-academic audiences, promoting the uptake of research into policy and practice and in seeking long-term support for building transfusion research capacity in Africa. The AfSBT will coordinate the African partners’ activities and LSTM will have overall responsibility for the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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Coordinator

LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE
Address
Pembroke Place
L35QA Liverpool
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 631 303,24
Administrative Contact
Imelda Bates (Dr.)

Participants (5)

ministry of health
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 273 438,57
Address
N/a
Accra
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Justina Kordai Ansah (Dr.)
NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE ZIMBABWE ASSOCIATION
Zimbabwe
EU contribution
€ 328 843,72
Address
Mazoe North Street
Harare
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mcleord Chitiyo (Dr.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 150 514,76
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan Poutsma (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 150 514,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
AFRICA SOCIETY FOR BLOOD TRANSFUSION
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 163 753,42
Address
Eden Road 10
3610 Pinetown
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Collins Mitala (Mr.)