Unsafe Blood Transfusions, Medical Practices in Central Asia Contributing to Spread of Infectious Diseases, Including HIV, World Bank Report Says
June 16, 2008
Unsafe blood transfusion services and medical practices in Central Asian countries are contributing to the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases in the region, according to a report recently released by the World Bank, Kazakhstan Today/Gazeta.kz reports. According to the report, of all the people living with HIV worldwide, 5% to 10% contracted the virus through contaminated blood transfusions (Kazakhstan Today/Gazeta.kz, 6/13).
"Numerous parts of these countries' blood transfusion systems are in serious need of restructuring, of new investments and of increased budgetary support for operation and maintenance," Patricio Marquez, lead health specialist at the World Bank and author of the report, said. He added, "These findings underscore the need to strengthen screening of blood donors for each donation and strengthen other prevention and control measures to guarantee the safety of the blood supply in the health systems of the Central Asia countries. Such improvements would reduce the potential risk of involuntary infection to the unsuspecting population" (AKIpress, 6/13).
The report is available online (.pdf).
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