9th AfSBT International Congress, Arusha, Tanzania, 19-22 June 2018
Scientific Programme
Day/date Time   Session  Time Topic Speaker Chairpersons 
Wed 20 June 08:30-10:30 Opening remarks by Guest of Honor  08:30-08:50 Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) of Tanzania
Plenary 1 Overview on Maternal and Child Health Programmes with focus on role of blood transfusion  08:50-09:15  Overview on blood services in Africa Andre Loua, WHO AFRO 
09:15-09:40 Maternal and Child Health Services: Tanzanian Perspective MOHCDGEC (Tanzania Ministry of Health) Dora Mbanya, Cameroon
09:40-10:05 Evidences of blood shortage on maternal and child health in Africa Imelda Bates, UK James Adewuyi, Nigeria 
10:05-10:30 A sustainable blood supply in resource-constrained Africa; a panacea for maternal mortality Shirley Owusu-Ofori , Ghana Magdalena Lyimo, Tanzania
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break          
11:00-12:30 Plenary 2 Financial sustainability of blood transfusion services  11:00-11:20 Health economics of blood transfusion in Africa Oliver Hassall, UK Bridon M’Baya, Malawi
Gabriel Muyinda, Zambia
Meryn Burton, South Africa

11:20-11:40 Financial sustainability of blood transfusion services, Malawi experience Natasha Nsamala, Malawi
11:40-12:00 Financial sustainability of blood transfusion services,South Africa experience  Ravi Reddy, South Africa 
12:00-12:20 Financial sustainability of blood transfusion services, Côte d’Ivoire experience Sekongo Mamadou , Côte d’Ivoire
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break and Sponsored Lunch Symposia       
14:00-15:00 Parallel 1 Immunohematology and pregnancy 14:00-14:15 The management of complicated pregnancies with antipublic antibodies: Tunisian experience  Hmida Slama, Tunisia  Jean-Claude Faber, Luxembourg 
14:15-14:30 Irregular antibodies and pregnancy: immunological and clinical consequences Martin Olsson, Sweden  Magdalena Lyimo, Tanzania
14:30-14:45 Non-invasive prenatal testing to assess fetal blood group antigens for obstetric cases with red cell alloantibodies: a panel to assess typical and atypical antigens Robert Flower, Australia
14:45-15:00 The South African rare donor programme- an overview  Van Niekerk L, South Africa  
Parallel 2 Capacity building in blood transfusion research  14:00-14:15 Research capacity building in blood transfusion research in Africa Oliver Hassall, UK Dora Mbanya, Cameroon

14:15-14:30 Outcome of a decade of capacity building in blood transfusion research in Western and Southern Africa Edward Murphy, USA Imelda Bates,  UK
14:30-14:45 Enhancing research coordination in African blood services: towards AfSBT research consortium Tonderai Mapako, Zimbabwe 
14:45-15:00 Bone marrow transplantation: role of the NBTC, Tunisian experience Hmida Slama, Tunisia   
Parallel 3 Road map to access to safe blood: progress, challenges and future of blood programmes in Africa 14:00-14:15 The 67th session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa: Highlights and recommendation on blood safety  Andre Loua, WHO AFRO  JB Tapko, Cameroon 
14:15-14:30 AfSBT Step-Wise Accreditation Programme (SWAP): a solution for the future  Mohamed Farouk, Egypt Yetmgeta E. Abdella, WHO EMRO
14:30-14:45 Rwanda National Blood Transfusion Services: A success story Swaibu Katare, Rwanda 
14:45-15:00 Open discussion and recommendations 
15:00-15:30 Coffee Break          
15:30-1700 Poster session(1) Moderators Jean-Claude Faber, Luxembourg 
Saliou Diop, Senegal
  Paul Ashford, UK    
General assembly