Tanzania will host the 9th Congress of Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) in Arusha scheduled for June 19-22, this year.
With the theme of “Reducing Maternal and Newborn Mortality: The role of Safe Blood Transfusion,” the event will bring together global experts in blood banking, and policymakers as well as other key stakeholders in the health sector in discussions.
Making the revelation here recently, the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Ms. Ummy Mwalimu, further said that: “We believe this will be a great and unique opportunity for our local experts to fully take part and attend the discussions.”
In her World Blood Donor Day remark, the minister further told the reporters here, that the Arusha 2018 Congress is expected to be attended by more than 350 delegates and will be the ideal platform to renew network with other professionals in the field, as well as present and share their work, besides them finding time to visit tourist attractions in Arusha.
She hinted that the event which is held after every two years will provide the local experts with an opportunity to exchange experience with their counterparts from countries in blood banking, and urged them to start registering for the conference.
“The conference will also help to give inputs on the country’s efforts towards enhancing campaign to raise public awareness on blood transfusion matters,” she further said.
Earlier in 1977 Ivory Coast in its capital city, Abidjan hosted the same meeting that was presided over by more than 41 African countries and 400 members.
The Africa Society for Blood Transfusion advocates for the highest ethical, professional standards and skills in blood transfusion across Africa continent.