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.
The 2018 AATM-AABB joint Congress
was held from 7-8 December in New Delhi in India.