The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy visits the Blood Bank Activities in Yamoussoukro

The Charge giving blood to save lives, accompanied by Dr. Aka Michelin and Dr Bosso

 

Business Bilan 2017 for the Blood Transfusion Center (CTS) of Yamoussoukro
The Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy visits the Blood Bank Activities in Yamoussoukro
October 18, 2017

The Chargé d’Affaires of Embassy of the United States of America in Côte d’Ivoire embarked on a tour in Yamoussoukro on Wednesday, 18 October to review the USG portfolio of activities in the field.

As part of the collaboration between the Ivorian and American governments, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides Technical and financial support for Blood transfusion safety in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2008, CDC renovated the CTS building and offered blood collection equipment. In 2013, the laboratory of Yamoussoukro was part of the four Blood Products qualification laboratories, including Daloa, Abidjan, Abengourou and Yamoussoukro, renovated by CDC in order to have it conform to international accreditation standards

The Chargé was greeted upon arrival at the CTS premises by the Regional Director of Health (DRS) of the Belier, Mr. Tra Gaston, accompanied by the Director of the CTS. After the welcome remarks by the Regional Director of Health, Dr. Micheline AKA , CDC Biomedical prevention advisor highlighted that the National blood transfusion Centre received funding from the US government amounting 30 million US dollars over 10 years. She listed a few key outcomes of CDC support for transfusion safety, to include the reduction in prevalence rate among new donors ranging from 4% in 2004 to 0.35% in 2016; the decentralization of the transfusion sites from 3 sites in 2004 to 27 sites in 2016.

Following Dr. Aka’s presentation, the CTS Director, Dr. Bosso, underlined the regional role played by the CTS laboratory in Yamoussoukro by receiving samples from the neighboring transfusion sites of Bouake, Ferkessédougou, Gagnoa, Korhogo, Toumodi, and Bongouanou. This laboratory also serves as a relay laboratory for the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment Survey in Côte d’Ivoire (CIPHIA) for the confirmation of serological tests.

In closing the Charge said she was very impressed with the results and achievements of the Transfusion Safety program. She commended the CTS team for the work they accomplished and encouraged them to continue their work toward achieving their goal.

At the end of the visit, the Charge donated blood to save lives. She commended the lifesaving action of blood donors, whom she encouraged to continue donating to save lives of their countrymen.

Charge d’Affaires of the US Embassy during her visit to CTS of Yamoussoukro,
From left to right : Mme Katherine Brucker, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy at the lab. Service during the visit to CTS of Yamoussoukro, with Dr Tra Gaston (DRS of the Belier Region), Dr Antoinette Legbidji (Lab. Director) and Dr. Aka Micheline, Biomedical prevention advisor at CDC