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Creazione del primo Centro Trasfusionale della Sierra Leone

Years: 2018, 2019, 2020
Programme: AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development
Applicant: A.I.S.P.O. – Associazione Italiana per la solidarietà tra i popoli
Partner: Ospedale San Raffaele (IT), Ministry of Health and Sanitation (IT)

Issue and Objectives

In Sierra Leone there isn’t a transfusion service coordinated at a central level; this project, through the building and the beginning of a National Transfusion Centre (CNT) in Freetown will be the starting point to empower this service at national level. Sustainable development objectives are: • The increase of health and of wellbeing; • Availability of quality training; • Reduction of inequalities Synergia will carry out the monitoring activities of the project.


1. Elaboration of executive designs for the creation of the first Transfusion Centre at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown; 2. Building of the Transfusion Centre; 3. Supply of specific tools for the Transfusion Centre; 4. Technical assistance of an expert in the field of transfusion services; 5. Technical assistance of an expert in the field of hospital management; 6. Organization of 6 scholarships for future operators of the lab at the Transfusion Centre at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan 7. Design and management of clinical records for the Transfusion Centre; 8. Design of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Transfusion Centre; 9. Training of operators on methods for the production of blood derivatives.

Results and products

Impact of the project will be found in the following areas: • Mothers’ mortality rate in the Country will decrease, thanks to an adequate transfusional therapy; • Availability of secure blood for the treatment of child anemia and serious cases will increase of at least 15%; • It will be possible, for the first time in Sierra Leone, to obtain the blood derivatives and so people can optimize the available blood; • A specific path will begin, aimed at overcome the opposition of the local citizens to blood donations. The project will also foster the responsiveness of the National Health System to unpredictable and intense events. There will be positive effects also for the NGOs working in the field of health.

Contact person: Giovanni Viganò

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