Interventions Safe Blood Transfusion
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The National Safe Blood Service is a programme of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.  It started as a pilot project in Freetown in 1994 after the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and the German Red Cross Society on one hand and between the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on the other hand.  This pilot project gradually led to the phased formation of the National Blood Transmission Services, headed by a Manager under the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.

Objective

To ensure the timely availability of safe blood nationwide based on voluntary non-remunerated blood donation.

The programme is a sub recipient of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS and implements activities geared towards ensuring that safe blood is provided to the population when required.

Currently in Sierra Leone with support from the Global Fund, WHO and MOHS, every unit of blood transfused is being screened for HIV/AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis B & C.  This activity conforms to the National and Global Fund target of 100% screening of donated blood.

Twenty seven (27) blood transfusion centres (both government and private) are monitored and supervised by the blood services programme. Three (3) regional blood transfusion centres are currently being strengthened.

Trainings have being conducted for Volunteers on how to support staff recruitment for voluntary donation of blood, laboratory technicians and clinical personnel in blood safety techniques and the use of blood and blood products.

 

Newsflash

Re-advitised TOR and request for expression of interest for viral load monitoring and EID August 2016



Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) for Technical Assistance for implementation of Viral Load Testing, Monitoring and Early Infant Diagnosis.


RE-Advertised 8th August, 2016.


The Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of Sierra Leone has received a Grant from the Global Fund towards the cost of the HIV/AIDS Response Program in Sierra Leone and intends to apply part of the proceeds of this grant to payments under the contract for which this Request for Expression of Interest (EOI) is issued.

The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), acting on behalf of the CCM of Sierra Leone is soliciting

expression of Interests (EOI) from qualified and eligible Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Consulting Firms to provide  technical assistance assignments for the National HIV AIDS Secretariat (NAS) in  implementation of Viral Load Testing and monitoring and Early Infant Diagnostic (EID).

Introduction

The National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), acting on behalf of the CCM of Sierra Leone is soliciting expression of Interests (EOI) from qualified and eligible Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Consulting Firms to provide the following technical assistance assignments for the National HIV AIDS Secretariat (NAS).


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