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Kenya Launches Safe Blood Collection Effort

June 28, 2010

Kenyan health authorizes are teaming with medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to train clinicians how to safely collect and handle blood.

"We have an ambitious program to eliminate potentially any risk of HIV transmission in our health care settings," said Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, head of Kenya's National AIDS/STD Control Program. The three-year initiative is being carried out under the auspices of CDC and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

The 650,000 Kenyans under care for HIV require a minimum of two blood draws per year, Muraguri noted.

"Now, if that's not done properly, there is an obvious risk to the health worker and also a risk to the patient as well. Within a certain environment, we can completely stop transmission," Muraguri said.

The training program will be implemented in eight facilities in four high-prevalence regions of the country. While the rate of HIV among Kenya's adults is 7 percent, some regions report adult prevalence as high as 15 percent, Muraguri said.

The program will address injection safety, including proper use and disposal of hypodermic needles. The 20 health care workers in the program also will learn how to ensure the quality of the blood specimen itself.

"If you don't get a correct sample, you probably mismanage the patient as well," Muraguri said.

BD also will fund the construction of two incinerators in Kenya for the disposal of medical waste.

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Adapted from:
Voice of America News
06.21.2010; Joe DeCapua

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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