Blood transfusion safety

Blood system strengthening

The provision of an adequate supply of safe blood and blood products, and their safe and rational use is the responsibility of government and should be an integral part of each country's national health care policy and health care infrastructure. The ministry of health should establish a sustainable national blood system which is recognized through a national blood policy, strategic plan and appropriate legal instruments. Essential functions of a national blood system include policy formulation and standard setting, strategic and operational planning, provision of sufficient resources and national coordination and management to ensure an adequate supply of blood and blood products and safe clinical transfusion.

Useful documents and topic linkages

National blood policies and strategic plans

Leadership, governance and management of a blood system

Universal access and self-sufficiency

Blood transfusion in emergency situations