An initiative which started since the AFNCI’s foundation in 1998 which aimed at the development of a comprehensive system for the collection, processing and delivery of safe and free of charge supply of Blood according to the highest standards for the NCI’s cancer patients. This is an on-going program which includes the formation of a trained team which is responsible for initiating and undertaking well planned blood donation campaigns recruiting a healthier population of constant donors. Moreover, the program is involved with upgrading the facility and equipment of NCI’s blood bank.
All along the past 14 years, thanks to the Association of the association of friends of the national cancer free initiative (AFNCI)’s support, the National Cancer Institute NCI did not suffer any shortage in safe blood supply andall its patients requirements of blood components were secured. Also, more importantly, AFNCI was successful all along the years to record and build an extensive solid reliable data base of donors. Through acontinuous effective collaboration between the Institute and the Association, the reliance on evidence-based practices and benchmark standards for blood collection, and the generosity and compassion of donors, the NCI blood Bank was able to overcome the problem of supply shortages to the point of becoming self-sufficient and securing the highest quality of safe blood
Thanks to AFNCI’s on-going Program Support, NCI’s needs of safe blood are secured
All along the past 14 years, thanks to the association of friends of the national cancer free initiative (AFNCI)’s support, the National Cancer Institute NCI did not suffer any shortage in safe blood supply and all its patients requirements of blood components were secured. Also, more importantly, AFNCI was successful all along the years to record and build an extensive solid reliable data base of donors. Through a continuous effective collaboration between the Institute and the Association, the reliance on evidence-based practices and benchmark standards for blood collection, and the generosity and compassion of donors, the NCI blood Bank was able to overcome the problem of supply shortages to the point of becoming self-sufficient and securing the highest quality of safe blood
It all started at the end of the nineties, when we had to deal with serious shortages in the supply of safe blood for cancer patients at the National Cancer Institute which relied on donors who sell their blood for money. For instance, in 1998, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) spent the amount of L.E.3 million to ensure its needs of safe blood.
Back then, the AFNCI was prompt to extend support relying itself on best practices and expertise in this field. It resorted to Dr. Adel Ragab, Blood Bank consultant and Dr.Mahmoud Abou El Fettouh, an Egyptian American Expert in collaboration with the American Association of Blood Banks (aabb) to structure a comprehensive programwhich aimed at organizing and coordinating different blood drives for the provision of the required quantity of free safe blood for the NCI. For the implementation of this program, AFNCI recruited and trained a team of professionals capable of spreading awareness and changing perceptions with respect to blood donation within the community. No campaigns were to take place in streets or public squares; instead safe destinations such as churches, mosques, firms, factories were selected.
Thanks to the generosity and response of blood donors and program sponsors such as Dr Mr. Mohamed Abouel Einein, Chairman of the board of directors of Ceramica Cleopatra Co. who supported the program for 10 consecutive years, the AFNCI was able to meet the needs of the NCI with the provision of a yearly average of 19000 blood sacks.
Moreover AFNCI’s contribution to the program included the following:
- The establishment of a plasma apheresis unit and program
- Funding renovations of the Blood Bank and equipping it with the latest facilities.
- Purchasing of vans (5) for the blood drives.
In return, valuable services are provided to donors; namely the carrying out of free blood pictures including tests for viruses B and C, AIDS, syphilis. Also, the provision of a volunteer donor for any donor whenever he or she is in turn is in need of blood, free of charge.
The collection of safe blood from volunteer donors with the highest possible quality according to universal blood collecting standards of quality and excellence to provide cancer patients free blood.
• Apply the standards of quality and infection control for blood collection, supplies, and for patient and donor safety.
• Train the blood team to reach the highest level of service provision.
• Educate the public about blood information, blood borne diseases and blood donation and the benefits of being a blood donor.
• Choose good sources of donors to ensure high quality of blood.
• Strengthen our relationship with donors to maintain a large donor base.
Have a Big Heart and Donate Blood!
The AFNCI Blood Donor Program is a true model of multi-sector cooperation to improve the lives of vulnerable cancer patients who require blood products as supportive care for their disease. Since April 1999, the AFNCI has worked cooperatively with the National Cancer Institute blood bank and over 400 public and private organizations collecting over 175,000 units of blood. Since July, 2007; AFNCI has also provided blood for the Children’s Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357.
Thousands of people from universities, factories, hotels, banks, government departments, mosques and churches have generously given their most precious gift of life to help sick cancer patients. As a result of their generous donations, cancer patients are ensured of a safe blood supply with a greatly decreased risk of blood borne diseases.
This program has proved to be one of the most successful in the country and the AFNCI Blood Donations Program team thanks all organizations and donors for their support of this valuable program. Learn here how you and your organization can become AFNCI Big Heart Donors and give the gift of life to our cancer patients.
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