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Global Focus Fall 2014

our mission...

 

Global Blood Fund promotes voluntary donation and supports blood collection agencies in low and middle income countries around the world.

 

 

Small Grants; Big Impact

 

G lobal Blood Fund is currently accepting applications for the inaugural round of its Small Grants Program. These grants are designed to encourage and enable innovative approaches in blood donor recruitment and retention.

 

The application window is open until the end of October, but GBF is awarding grants to stand-out requests as they are received.

 

To date these include a grant of $2,500 to Kenya to help train the leaders of faith-based organizations as donor recruiters. A similar sum granted to Tanzania will help the blood service

Dr. Optika, winner of the first prize in GBF's pan-Africa story contest.

 

 

Dr. Atiku Isaac Optika, winner of the first prize in GBF's pan-Africa story contest with his moving tale "Seven Strangers Saved My Life".  See the main article for more details and read the winning entries in full on our website.

establish after-school blood donor clubs to leverage the enthusiasm young people have for donating.

 

By keeping bureaucracy to a minimum and with a simple online process taking just minutes, GBF is encouraging practitioners to come up with simple, practical ideas that can make a real difference to their work.

 

 

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International Bursary Launches

 

 

B lood collectors looking to get the best from that most valuable of resources - their volunteer donors - are being encouraged to apply for GBF's International Donor Recruitment, Engagement and Management Bursary.

 

IDREaM awardees will spend time with a blood center in either Europe or the US

this issue...

New grants program helps blood services innovate

 

Equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars is shipped

 

International bursary open for applications

 

Story contest generates a pan-Africa response

 

UK services work together to help GBF meet Nigeria's needs

 

Sharing Nicaragua's success across continents

 

News in brief

 

 

(depending on visa considerations). There they will benefit from a bespoke learning program that will immerse them in every aspect of donor optimization.

 

They will also be equipped with the skills to share new knowledge with co-workers upon return, improving the capabilities of their home organizations.

 

 

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EqXchange: First Anniversary and Activity Hits New High

I t was just a year ago that GBF launched EqXchange, global blood-banking’s first, free-to-use online resource that matches no-longer-needed equipment and supplies from US and European blood services to meet the needs of rising blood collectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

 

EqXchange LogoSince then potential donors and recipients have been registering in large numbers and making and accepting offers. So far nearly half a million dollars worth of equipment (at used value) has shipped, with a pipeline of other pledges making their way to new homes.

 


 

 

Story contest winnerStory contest winner receives $700 first prize

Stories Bring Tears - and Prizes!

 

A contest jointly organized by GBF and the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion produced some very moving - sometimes harrowing - accounts of blood, life and death.

 

The contest winner described how shortage of blood after a coach crash nearly cost him his life. Others how patients in Africa often die for want of a unit of blood.

 

More upliftingly, contributors also told how donors in Kenya continued to give despite knowing their blood would go to help victims on the opposing side of a violent conflict.

 

The contest succeeded in finding personal narratives to better communicate the blood-related problems faced in Africa.

Support Our Work

W e rely on financial support from the public and business to enable our lifesaving work.

 

To make a donation or to read more about our programs, please visit our website:

 

www.globalbloodfund.org

Latin American Success Shared with Africa

Dr Cruz at AfSBT International Congress

 

 

Dr. Cruz takes center stage at the 7th Africa Society for Blood Transfusion International Congress

A leading expert in helping develop blood services in low-resource settings was recently sponsored by GBF to address an international conference in Zimbabwe.

 

Speaking to an audience of hundreds of professionals drawn from across Africa and

beyond, Dr. Jose Cruzpresented the success factors that led to Nicaragua achieving 100% voluntary donation.

 

By helping share best practice across continents, GBF is striving to accelerate improvements in blood safety and sufficiency.

UK Services Pull Together for Nigeria

Beds donated to Nigeria

Beds donated to Nigeria

The 170 beds will meet the national needs of Nigeria

T he request came through GBF’s EqXchangeportal: Nigeria needed portable blood donor beds to improve blood collection flexibility and donor comfort. And it needed lots of them.

 

GBF contacted the UK’s NHS Blood and Transplant who kindly agreed to donate. There was just one problem: the container of 170 beds GBF organized was probably

going to ship only half-full.

 

Scotland’s National Blood Service came to the rescue. SNBTS managed to find items that met a shopping list of additional Nigerian requests; including blood mixers, scales - and more beds!

 

Thanks to SNBTS and NHSBT for uniting as global stewards of blood resources.

News

In Brief

National Bus Sales

 

G BF has teamed up with National Bus Sales, one of the leading suppliers of bloodmobiles in the US.

 

NBS will solicit donations of used vehicles as part of its sales visits. It will also help with repair and replacement work prior to a vehicle being donated to an in-need blood service.

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F or those attending October’s AABB Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, please drop by the GBF booth (#112).

 

The meeting is a great opportunity to catch up with friends old and new. So come and say hello and find out more about our latest projects and future plans.

 

We would especially welcome the opportunity to present what we are doing to help address the current Ebola epidemic - and discuss how you could help.

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