Jembi’s Blood Safety Strengthening Programme receives award from Global South eHealth Observatory

Cape Town, 1 June 2018 – Jembi Health Systems NPC (Jembi) is proud to announce that the organisation’s Blood Safety Strengthening Programme (BSSP) has received an award from the Global South eHealth Observatory, a Fondation Pierre Fabre initiative designed to identify, document, promote and help develop eHealth initiatives that improve access to quality healthcare and medicines for the most disadvantaged populations in resource-limited countries. The award gives Jembi access to 12 months of financial and technical support to encourage the development and expansion of the BSSP.

The Global South eHealth Observatory is the leading resource and networking platform for actors using innovative eHealth approaches to address the challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries in ensuring access to healthcare. The next conference of the Global South e-Health Observatory will take place at the foundation’s headquarters in En Doyse (Tarn, France), on the 2nd of July 2018. The conference brings together experts from international organisations, representatives of the Global South and sponsors of high-potential initiatives who will present solutions that have been evaluated and documented by field survey work. This international conference will be broadcast live-streaming on the Internet on https://www.odess.io/home.html.

Jembi’s BSSP focuses on development and implementation of the 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 designed for use in low resource blood services and supports the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion (AfSBT) Stepwise accreditation process, enforcing standardised workflows that facilitate blood safety good practice by providing information that is accurate, timely and complete, to support quality assurance practices and management decision-making.

To date BSIS has been successfully implemented and is in operational use in the following blood centres:
● The Lesotho Blood Transfusion Service (LBTS) went live with BSIS version 1.0 on the 10
October 2016 and currently has 9 staff actively using BSIS. LBTS upgraded to BSIS version 1.3
in July 2017.
● The National Blood Service Ghana (NBSG) went live with BSIS version 1.0 at the Southern Area
Blood Centre (SABC) on the 4th April 2017 and currently has 20 staff actively using BSIS
● The National Blood Bank Service of Ethiopia (NBBS) Addis Ababa Blood Centre went live with
BSIS version 1.0 on the 9th August 2017 and currently has 50 staff actively using BSIS.

Jembi’s Blood Safety Strengthening Programme, the development of BSIS and the current implementations have been funded by PEPFAR, through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The contents of this document are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of PEPFAR or CDC.