Health topics

Blood safety

 

Blood safety aims to ensure that everyone has access to blood and blood products that are as safe as possible, available at reasonable cost, adequate to meet the needs of patients, transfused only when necessary, and provided as part of a sustainable blood programme within the existing health care system.

Blood transfusion services in the Western Pacific Region range from efficient, well organized services based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donors to those that lack resources, function poorly, have inadequate safety and quality monitoring, and are heavily dependent on paid donors.