US helps with blood safety

The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is sponsoring a blood safety workshop in Can Tho City this week to strengthen the capacity of laboratory officers and technicians currently working at military hospitals across Vietnam, the American Embassy in Hanoi announced Monday.

According to the embassy, in the three-day workshop, participants are being trained in best practices in international and national standards of blood safety by technical experts from US Pacific Command, US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medicine Sciences and leading military hospitals in Vietnam. 

This blood safety program is being conducted by the US Department of Defense and the Military Medicine Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense at four blood transfusion centers in the military medical system. 

The embassy said PEPFAR has supported these centers since 2004. The four centers provide safe blood not only for treating military personnel but also for civilian emergency needs.

The program overall objective is to collect, screen, and provide safe blood to meet the needs in the region, both military and civilian communities, the statement said.

By Thuy Nguyen

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