Dear Colleagues

It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 9th International Blood Transfusion Congress of AfSBT in Arusha, Tanzania, from 19 to 22 June 2018. AfSBT is proud to announce that after 8 successful congresses, next year will see our 9th meeting, to take place in the beautiful country of Tanzania. The congress venue in Arusha has been chosen because of its amenities and access to the magnificent mountains and game parks –within easy reach of an international airport.

The theme for this congress is “Reducing Maternal and New Born Mortality: The role of safe blood Transfusion”. Revolving around this theme, will be scientific presentations – both oral and poster presentations, workshops and exhibitions, to cover all the major topics in the field of blood transfusion and transfusion medicine.

Approximately 350 professionals are expected to attend, sharing fruitful scientific and technical exchanges. The challenges, to health and the well-being of populations in an increasingly complex and problematic environmental context, remain. At this 4-day congress we aim to combine clinical and scientific leaders from around the world, as well as young scientists and newcomers in the field of blood transfusion, to conduct lively debate and interactive discussion.

The persistence of major pandemics, the emergence of global infections of new types, in general and in clinical transfusion medicine itself, are all challenges that we must continue tirelessly to address. This congress will build on the concepts of training, quality, safety and sustainability of blood transfusion services.

The strong commitment of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion, with the support of partners in the step-wise accreditation process, encourages and motivates us to bring you the best so that we can all strive to be the best.

On behalf of AfSBT, I thank you in advance for your attendance and participation, and know that we will all learn from each other and go back to our countries much wiser and more capable of improving blood safety and availability for the patients we serve.

Gabriel Muyinda,
President, AfSBT

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