New South African Transfusion MedicineTraining Centre, key to the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Justice Mohale South African national Blood Service +27 11 761 9301 +27 82 459 3642 RELATED ARTICLES • New research key to HIV treatment • SA surgeon new head of ISS • HIV in South Africa stabilising • SA scientist leads cancer fightNosimilo RamelaA transfusion medicine training centre has been set up in Johannesburg, South Africa to ensure South Africans receive HIV-safe supply of blood.Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) of the US the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) have established the modern Transfusion Medicine Training Centre (TMTC).The training centre was officially opened by the South African health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, at the SANBS Headquarters on 22 February. Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi said, “The issue of blood safety in our country is an important component of our fight to defeat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in our communities.”The centre, the first state-of-the-art facility of its kind in Africa will train blood-nursing staff in donor selection education, recruitment, and retention. It will also train blood banking and transfusion medicine practitioners in regulatory framework, risk management, quality assurance, standard operating procedures, systems for documentation of donations, and the information and communication technologies (ICTs) aspects of transfusion medicine.“Education and training is fundamental to every aspect of blood safety as well as successful utilisation of blood and blood products in saving lives,” said Motsoaledi. He said few healthcare providers receive advance training on transfusion medicine during their formal medical or nursing education. “This lack of training sometimes results in avoidable death and complications of the use of blood and blood products.”The centre has lecture rooms, video conferencing facilities, training laboratories for technical and donor training, and a computer-training centre. The facility will enable the linkage of the two blood services (SANBS and WPBTS) to share e-Learning and distance learning educational materials and programmes. It will also provide training related to blood banking and transfusion to staff members of the blood services and health organisations of other African countries.“The centre will enable health professionals across the country and the Southern Africa region to share knowledge and expertise in various aspects of blood transfusion. We believe that this sharing of expertise and aiding with training programmes for African countries may well be the most important contribution that South Africa can make to improve the quality of blood banking and transfusion services in Africa,” said Motsoaledi.Changing with the timesThe world of blood banking and transfusion medicine is continually changing as new technology evolves to further reduce risks associated with the use of blood and blood products.The technology of the e-Learning Solution acquired for the centre makes it possible to implement a web-based e-learning and distance learning programme to blood transfusion staff located anywhere in South Africa or in the Southern Africa region. The TMTC Network will be composed of a hub-and-spokes system with central and satellite sites. The hub will be located in Johannesburg and Cape Town with spoke (satellite) sites located in each of the provincial zones.The SANBS and WPBTS transfusion education and training programme is also collaboratiing with partners in the national and provincial departments of health, academic institutions, healthcare, and biotechnology industries at the national and international levels.The initiative was approved by the national department of health as part of its HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.Blood safetyAccording to the World Health Organisation (WHO), education and training is fundamental to every aspect of blood safety. However evidence from the WHO Global Database on Blood Safety 1998 – 1999 indicates that 72% of countries are unable to meet their identified training needs, even though many of the factors threatening the safety of the global blood supply can be attributed to inadequate training.This is due to limited budgets, inadequate facilities and insufficient numbers of experienced trainers. This makes it impossible to meet the training needs of large numbers of staff who may be scattered over wide geographical areas.Recognising the practical constraints facing countries that wish to expand their training programmes but do not have the resources or facilities to do so by conventional means, the WHO Blood Transfusion Safety team has included distance learning as a key element in its strategy to support national training initiatives.WHO has done this to support training in blood safety because it offers blood transfusion services a cost effective way of expanding their training activities when resources and facilities are limited.
The Congress party will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent byelections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level. It would reach out to every voter through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said. He said the Congress would not merely highlight the BJP’s failures, but would offer them a better alternative.“We will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the State forward,” Mr. Pilot said. Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018.
A ravenous Luis Suarez bagged a third hat-trick in five games asdefending champions Barcelona won 3-0 at Granada to clinch their 24th La Liga title on Saturday.??? We are the Champions! [FULL-TIME] Granada v @FCBarcelona (0-3)?? ?? ?? @LuisSuarez9 #CampionsFCB pic.twitter.com/jA9LX5aLUF FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) May 14, 2016The Uruguayan converted Jordi Alba’s low pass in the 22nd minute to give Luis Enrique’s side the lead. He then headed in Dani Alves’ cross in the 38th before tapping Neymar’s pass into an empty net in the 86th. Suarez finished the season as La Liga’s top scorer with 40 goals, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s grip on the honour since 2009.Barca ended with 91 points, one ahead of Real Madrid who won 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna. Ronaldo scored twice for Real before being substituted at halftime, finishing the campaign with 35 goals.Gerard Pique came close to giving Barca an early lead when his header was tipped away by goalkeeper Andres Fernandez who also saved well from Messi. Fernandez was powerless to stop Suarez’s opener, however, the Uruguayan tapping the ball home at the far post.The second goal was delightful. Javier Mascherano launched a long diagonal pass towards the byline and Alves raced to meet it before hooking a cross for Suarez to nod in from close range.Suarez nearly laid on a third for Neymar but the Brazilian was denied by Fernandez. Neymar then generously played in Suarez to complete his hat-trick before the end.”This title tastes great after so much hard work throughout the year and suffering right until the end,” said Barca captain Andres Iniesta.advertisement”The league is the tournament that tests your consistency throughout the year and it’s the one we want to win every year.”Real got off to an ideal start at Deportivo when Gareth Bale manoeuvred his way past a defender on the left and cut the ball back to Karim Benzema who squared it for Ronaldo to score in the seventh minute.The Portugal striker’s second in the 25th minute had an element of good fortune, his header from a corner bouncing off Deportivo’s Pedro Mosquera on its way into the net.Ronaldo also hit the post and the crossbar before being replaced by James Rodriguez although there was no suggestion he had an injury two weeks before the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
It seems Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s baby daughter Misha is all set for her first trip. The doting father, who is on a paternal leave right now, was spotted holding her daughter in a pink blanket at the Mumbai Airport. And he was accompanied by his wife Mira.ALSO READ: Shahid-Mira’s daughter is Misha, meet Bollywood’s newest baby brigade ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are parents to a baby girl! Shahid and Mira, who have been busy with their bundle of joy ever since her birth in August this year, have taken off to an undisclosed location before Shahid resumes work. The Udta Punjab actor would soon begin shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. Clad in black t-shirt and track pants, Shahid held onto his one-month-old daughter at the airport. While Mira sported a casual look. Shahid and Mira became proud parents on August 26. And since then the two have been busy spending most of their time with their daughter.On the work front, Shahid is awaiting the release of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon. The period drama, which also stars Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, will hit the screens in April 2017.(Photos: Viral Bhayani)