Blood transfusion safety

Education and training in blood transfusion safety

Education and training is fundamental to every aspect of blood safety but evidence from the WHO Global Database on Blood Safety 1998-1999 indicates that 72% of countries are unable to meet their identified training needs, even though many of the factors threatening the safety of the global blood supply can be attributed, in part, to inadequate training. This is due to limited budgets, inadequate facilities and insufficient numbers of experienced trainers which make it impossible to meet the training needs of large numbers of staff who may be scattered over wide geographical areas.

Distance learning programme in blood transfusion safety

In practice, opportunities for training are often not available for those who most need it, particularly for staff working in small hospital blood banks without easy access to training institutions. Recognizing the practical constraints facing countries that wish to expand their training programmes but do not have the resources or facilities to do so by conventional means, the Blood Transfusion Safety Team has included distance learning as a key element in its strategy to support national training initiatives.

Related documents

Establishing a distance learning programme in blood safety: a guide for programme coordinators

Contact information

Blood Transfusion Safety
Department for Health Systems Policies and Workforce
World Health Organization-Headquarters
20 Avenue Appia
1211, Geneva 27
Switzerland