Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP)
Project Time Frame:
May 2013 - September 2019
As one of the WHO recognised essential medicines, safe blood is a critical treatment for severe bleeding during pregnancy and childbirth, childhood malaria and trauma. The aim of the Blood Safety Strengthening Programme is to support international efforts to improve accessibility and safety of blood in resource-constrained countries by electronically capturing and managing data about blood donors and donations from the point of donation to point of transfusion.
Improve the safety of blood and blood components available for use in resource-constrained settings in Africa
Facilitate blood safety best practice by standardising workflows in line with Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) accreditation standards
Empower blood service staff to use, manage and maintain BSIS with limited external support
Jembi’s Blood Safety Programme focuses on the development and implementation of BSIS. An open source information management system designed for low resource blood services. BSIS supports the AfSBT Stepwise accreditation process, enforcing standardised workflows. These workflows facilitate blood safety good practice by providing information that is accurate, timely and complete. Supporting quality assurance practices and management decision-making.
BSIS has been successfully implemented and is in operational use in blood centres in Lesotho, Ghana, Zambia, Cameroon and Ethiopia.
The effective management of information related to the collection, screening, distribution and use of safe blood products is a critical element for all blood services. The Blood Safety Information System (BSIS) is an open source information system designed to manage donor and blood safety information from the point of donor registration to donation collection, through to laboratory testing, component processing and labelling, storage, and distribution to hospitals and clinics.
The BSIS implementation process takes a whole system approach to software implementation;
acknowledging the interconnection between policy, practice and technology
focusing on building local capacity to use, manage and maintain BSIS
The implementation process delivers two key outcomes;
BSIS operating effectively and sustainably in operational (day-to-day) use and
The blood service self-reliant in terms of first level support for the BSIS system
Using this holistic approach will effectively and sustainably implement BSIS and support countries in the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) Stepwise Accreditation process, as well as improved blood availability and safety in resource-limited countries.
Jembi's BSIS implementation process has six work streams; Infrastructure and Hardware, Validation, BSIS Deployment, Training, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Revision and BSIS Support. These work streams were designed using the ISBT Guidelines for Validation and Maintaining the Validation State of Automated Systems in Blood Banking, the AfSBT Stepwise Accreditation process and lessons learnt from Jembi's other implementations of digital health solutions.