Project name: Blood Group Serology in Yangon, Myanmar
Host partner: National Health Laboratories, National Blood Centre (Yangon)
Singapore partner: Health Sciences Authority, Singapore
Project aim: To enhance the skills and knowledge of Myanmar’s health professionals in the patient care aspect of blood transfusion, and the laboratory aspects of blood grouping, testing and matching.
Duration: 2007 - 2015
Outcomes: Forty-one laboratory technologists from 36 hospitals and blood units across Myanmar participated in the workshop on red cell serology. Together with the International Society of Blood Transfusion, we also organised a symposium on blood transfusion to create greater awareness of developments in blood management and transfusion medicine. The National Blood Service also received additional training on areas such as strategic planning and the framework for a national blood system. Since its inception, more than 60 transfusion clinicians and medical technologists have benefitted directly from the training programme. They have in turn cascaded to a further 140 doctors and medical students the ethics, clinical risks and other considerations of blood transfusion.