Blood Transfusion Organization Announces Development Plans

TEHRAN – Mostafa Jamali, CEO of Blood Transfusion Organization, while explaining the development plans of the Organization, announced the opening of 6 blood donation centers on the occasion of the Government Week (24- August 30).

The organization has advanced laboratories with high-quality equipment control that meets the standards of developed countries, he said.

In this organization, services such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets, cord blood bank and irradiated blood are performed in a manner and with specialized knowledge, he added.

The development of the organization of blood transfusion must be oriented towards an organization centered on justice. In the past, there were 11 testing centers in the country, and now four centers are being set up in other provinces, and at the end of [Iranian calendar] year (March 20, 2023), all provinces will have a testing center, he explained.

On blood donations, tests for hepatitis “B”, “C” and “HIV” are carried out, and screenings in this area are particularly desired.

Referring to the establishment of blood donation centers in the country as one of the other development programs of the Blood Transfusion Organization, he pointed out that “in many cities and also villages, we don’t We don’t have blood donation centers, and with government support, we plan to set up mobile centers to make blood donation accessible in rural areas.

Antibody tests will be added to the system and advanced blood transfusion services will be developed with government support, he said.

Currently, 204 blood transfusion centers are operating in the country, and another 6 centers will be open during Government Week, he added.

In recent years, we could meet 20 to 30 percent of hospital blood and blood product needs in provinces and major cities, but now we can fully meet the needs of all hospitals, he said. he also stated.

Currently, the level of blood storage in the country is good and high. For example, in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, we were recently in a red state, and the blood storage level was in the range of two to three days, but now the storage is in the range of 12 days, he explained.

Pointing to the umbilical cord blood bank, he said that there are stem cells in the umbilical cord blood and the blood stored in the blood transfusion bank will be provided free to patients with leukemia or thalassemia.

However, the amount of blood stored in the cord blood bank is low due to high maintenance costs and tests that need to be performed, and it needs support from authorities, he further noted.

Referring to the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) bank, he said the primary use of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) testing is to match organ and tissue recipients with compatible donors.

Iran tied with Europe and the United States

According to reports provided by the World Health Organization, Iran competes with Europe and the United States in blood donation indices, even surpassing them in one or two cases.

Iran is among the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region as a reference in the field of blood donation activities.

According to the World Health Organization, Iran competes with Europe and the United States in blood donation indices.

While blood donation in 70 countries still depends on replacement or paid donors, Iran is the first country in the region to have had 100% voluntary blood donation since 2007.

More than 85% of all blood donations worldwide are used to produce blood products, while the rate is 65% in Eastern Mediterranean countries. Iran ranks among the highest income countries in converting over 97% of people’s donated blood into plasma-derived medicinal products (PDMPs).

Only 55 of 171 countries produce PDMP by fractionation of plasma collected in the reporting country. A total of 90 countries reported that all PDMPs were imported, 16 countries reported that no PDMPs were used during the reporting period, and 10 countries did not answer the question, according to WHO. .

Iran currently has the highest blood donation rate in the Eastern Mediterranean region, so out of 9.9 million units of blood donation in this region, more than two million belong to Iran.

Moreover, the blood donation index is 25 per 1,000 inhabitants, while in the Member States of the Eastern Mediterranean region, this number is 14.9 per 1,000.

Blood donation in Iran has long been done voluntarily as more than 2.1 million Iranians donate blood each year, Bashir Haji-Beigi, the former spokesman for the Blood Transfusion Organization, said in June.

There are currently 178 blood donation centers in the country, with Fars, Khorasan Razavi, Khuzestan, Tehran and Mazandaran provinces having the highest number of blood donation centers, he said.


Aubrey L. Morgan