Welcome Message From

Dr. Faten Moftah,

President, AfSBT

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 11th International Congress of AfSBT that will be held in Kampala, Uganda from 4 to 7 March 2024. AfSBT is proud to hold another successful congresses in the beautiful city Kampala, a city that you can enjoy its pleasant weather all year through, and experience the breathtaking sceneries and wild life.

 

Blood availability and safety challenges and shortcomings are prevalent in most of the African countries specially in sub-Saharan Africa where political commitment is yet limited, as well as the high prevalence of transfusion transmissible infections, shortage of trained and motivated personnel in transfusion medicine, modest infrastructure and other resources. Voluntary non-remunerated blood donations are not easy to maintain, due to local different cultural beliefs, lack of public awareness, and limited logistics to make blood donation accessible.

 

AfSBT biannual congresses are excellent opportunities for the networking between professionals in our continent and other parts of the world, bring all the state of the art knowledge and information to the workers, and gain many practical ideas for the problem solving of many challenges. These challenges include among others: high rate of different kinds of anemia and hemoglobinopathies, bleeding from road traffic accidents, and obstetrical hemorrhages, and consequences to malaria. World Health Organization reported that about 60% of maternal deaths in low to medium income countries are due to postpartum hemorrhage. Access to safe blood and blood products in a timely manner for everyone and in every community worldwide should be a global target.

 

It gives me great pleasure to know that we are all coming together in Kampala for working together to make a positive impact in blood safety throughout the African continent and beyond. The theme for this congress is “Adopting Global Innovations and Technological Advancements in Blood Transfusion Services”. This theme will be realized by; scientific presentations, posters, debates, discussions, workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

 

At this congress we intend to bring together expertise and skills in transfusion medicine from all over the world, as well as young professionals in the field of blood transfusion medicine and science, to engage in interactive discussions that will address relevant updates in this field and health priorities in our continent. The committed board of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion to blood quality, availability and safety, and the dedication to spread the Step-Wise Accreditation Program to all African countries encourages and motivates us to bring you the latest during this congress.

 

On behalf of AfSBT, I thank you all in advance for your attendance and participation to this congress and wish everyone fruitful and enjoyable scientific program and social & professional networking. I also like to to thank the Government of Uganda and the Local Organizing Committee for hosting this important event. I would like to sincerely thank all the prestigious speakers and our indispensible sponsors who have been pivotal in making this event to happen. My sincere appreciation also goes to the members of the organizing and scientific committees for a very high standard event, and finally to you all for attending in person and giving the congress its lively appearance.

I encourage you all to network and learn from each other, take back experiences to your respective countries and gain more friends in the global transfusion field. Enjoy the congress, the weather, and the sceneries.

 

Dr. Faten Moftah
President, AfSBT

 

Welcome Message From

Dr. Aceng Jane Ruth Ocero, 

Minister of Health, Uganda

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

The Republic of Uganda, is set to host the 11th Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) Congress in the Capital City, Kampala. The Congress will bring together leading experts and stakeholders in the field of Blood Transfusion from across the continent and beyond, under the theme “Adopting Global Innovations and Technological Advancements in Blood Transfusion Services”.

 

I am therefore honoured to welcome you to the 11th AfSBT Congress from March 4th-7th 2024 in Kampala at the Munyonyo Convention Centre in Uganda. I am also delighted to welcome you to this beautiful Country, called ‘The Pearl of Africa’.

 

The Congress is bringing together specialists from blood services, clinicians, and scientists to devise ways of sustaining and scaling up blood transfusion Services in Africa. As we all know, timely availability of safe blood and blood products is vital in saving lives of patients with severe anaemia and treating accidents victims; mothers with complications of pregnancy and child birth; cancer treatment; heart surgery, sickle cell patients and conducting surgical operations.

 

The exciting program for the Congress also brings in our industry partners who are looking forward to welcoming you to the exhibition and bringing you their latest technologies and innovations. There will be more opportunities to network and socialize both during the Congress and independently in Kampala and Uganda at large.

 

We look forward to hosting you at the 11th AfSBT International Congress in Munyonyo Kampala, Uganda.

 

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero

Minister of Health Uganda

 

Welcome Message From

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire,

Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service

Dear colleagues, friends, ladies, and gentlemen,

 

It is my great pleasure and on behalf of Uganda Blood Transfusion Service (UBTS), to welcome you all to the 11th International Congress of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) that will take place in Kampala, Uganda at the Munyonyo Convention Center. The theme of the congress is on Safe and Sustainable Blood Services in Africa, New Clinical Advances, ICT Innovations, and Technologies in Transfusion. I am delighted to welcome you to this beautiful Country, The Pearl of Africa.

 

The AfSBT Organising Committee has designed an exciting program that will enhance exchange of knowledge in Blood Transfusion science; devise ways of sustaining Blood Transfusion services; adopt new clinical approaches to Blood transfusion as well as new ICT innovations and technologies in Blood transfusion.

 

There will be opportunities to network with experts during the Congress, and to socialize in Kampala and Uganda at large. The city of Kampala is referred to as East Africa’s happiest city and is known for its vibrant nightlife. The list of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are endless.

Uganda named the “Pearl of Africa” for its good weather, undulating landscape, flora, and fauna is a beautiful country with a diverse culture, exceptional wildlife experiences including mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, game and bird viewing, boat, and water sports, hiking, and mountain climbing, religious and cultural sites, cuisines, and beautiful smiles for everyone to enjoy. The source of the Nile, the longest river in the world, is a natural wonder on the African Continent that starts right from Jinja City and is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Uganda.

 

We look forward to hosting you at the 11th AfSBT International Congress in Kampala, Uganda.

 

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire

Director, Uganda Blood Transfusion Service

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