Implementation of BSIS at the SABC in Ghana.

 

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Accra, 26 May 2017The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided Jembi Health Systems NPC with the resourcing to, together with the National Blood Service Ghana (NBSG), successfully implement the Blood Safety Information System (BSIS) at the Southern Area Blood Centre (SABC) in Accra, Ghana. This is the second implementation of BSIS in the world.

On the 26th May 2017 the National Blood Service Ghana (NBSG), supported by implementing partner Jembi Health Systems NPC (Jembi) and CDC/PEPFAR, launched BSIS at the Southern Area Blood Centre. This launch marks the culmination of months of joint activities around the deployment and validation of the BSIS tool at NBSG and the training of their staff on how to use the system. In the run up to the launch of BSIS at SABC the Jembi and NBSG teams have spent considerable time at the SABC; training staff, reviewing workflows as well as standard operating procedures and supporting the SABC’s staff with BSIS validation activities.

The implementation process undertaken by Jembi and our blood service partners follows international good practices in the implementation of software for blood services, including a full validation of process that reviews hardware, software functionality and the operation of the system in the blood service’s workflows. These steps build the service’s capacity and support their journey towards Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) accreditation.

Blood Safety Information System (BSIS)

BSIS is an open source information system designed to manage donor and blood safety information from the point of donation through to laboratory testing, component processing, labelling and storage, issuing and distribution of blood components to hospital and clinics. BSIS is developed as fit for purpose for resource-limited settings and offers blood services a configurable donor and donation information management system to support the core functions of a blood service.

Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP)

BSSP encapsulates the services offered by Jembi related to the implementation and maintenance of the BSIS software tool. The BSSP views the implementation of the BSIS software as more than the simple deployment and installation of the BSIS software at sites, but takes a whole system approach that acknowledges the interconnection between policy, practice and technology. The aim of the BSSP is to implement an effective and sustainable health information system that facilitates the achievement of improved blood availability and safety in resource-limited countries.

The implementation of BSIS at the NBSG SABC falls within Jembi Health System’s BSSP project and is funded by PEPFAR through a cooperative agreement between CDC and Jembi Health Systems NPC. The content of this press release is solely the work of Jembi and does not necessarily represent the official views of PEPFAR or CDC.

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About Jembi Health Systems (Jembi)

Jembi Health Systems is an African not-for-profit organization working to advance global health by developing and implementing sustainable digital health and information systems, growing partnerships, and building local capacity in developing countries. Jembi has offices in South Africa, Rwanda and Mozambique.

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About National Blood Service Ghana

The National Blood Service, Ghana is an agency under the Ghana Ministry of Health. The mandate of the National Blood Service, Ghana is to ensure an effective and coordinated national approach to the provision of safe, adequate and efficacious, blood and blood products, making it timely, accessible and affordable to all patients requiring blood transfusion therapy in both public and private health care institutions in the country. The NBSG Mission is to save the lives of patients by providing safe and adequate blood products and other related blood services through professionalism of our staff and generosity of our voluntary non-remunerated blood donors”

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About CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. As the U.S. science-based public health and disease prevention agency, the CDC plays an essential role in implementing the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which is the cornerstone of the U.S. Global Health Initiative.

The Global HIV/AIDS Division of the Center for Global Health (CGH)/CDC uses its technical expertise in public health science and long-standing relationships with Ministries of Health across the globe to work side-by-side with countries and their implementing partners to build strong national programs and sustainable public health systems that can respond effectively to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Medical Transmission Team reviewed the BSIS donor module and provided feedback to ensure that the BSIS met the needs of the blood transfusion services. The Medical Transmission Team also ensured that Jembi received funding for the development and implementation phases of the BSIS, identified countries for strategic implementation of BSIS. For more information on CDC Global HIV/AIDS activities, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/globalaids/global-hiv-aids-at-cdc/default.html

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About PEPFAR

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum. For more information please visit, http://www.pepfar.gov/

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About AfSBT

Africa Society for Blood Transfusion’s (AfSBT) mission is to advocate for the highest ethical and professional standards and skills in blood transfusion across the African continent, enabling safe, universally accessible and sustainable national blood programmes in participating countries. The AfSBT aims to achieve this through the implementation of a range of activities related to the AfSBT Step-wise Accreditation Programme. For more information please visit https://afsbt.org/

The US Ambassador to Ghana and the Deputy Minister of Health

The US Ambassador to Ghana and the Deputy Minister of Health

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