Stakeholders & Partners
The life force in all human beings, regardless of their color, race or tribe is the red liquid that flows through their arteries and veins. Depending on whether we are well or ill, this liquid bears good and bad tidings.
The Ministry of Health is ultimately responsible for blood safety and adequacy in Ghana. This responsibility has been delegated to the us (National Blood Service). However, we need the support and contribution of our stakeholders to execute this responsibility towards all persons living in Ghana.
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The General Public
Each and every person living in Ghana is our major stakeholder. It is the responsibility all of us to help save the lives of those who need blood to survive.
Anyone may need blood at any time. A serious illness or accident can happen anywhere in the country, in the course of our daily routine or while travelling, with the loss of blood in life-threatening quantities.
It is therefore in everyone’s interest to have safe blood supplies available in our hospitals. Likewise, each of us should understand that saving lives through the gift of blood is our collective civic responsibility.
Food & Drugs Authority
The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is the national blood regulatory authority.
Blood and blood components are biologicals obtained from living sources and are intended to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent disease.
Blood and blood components are on the Essential Medicine List and regulated by the FDA.
The FDA sets quality standards for Blood Centers and HBBs to ensure safe and efficacious blood and blood components for transfusion.
Hospitals and Care Providers
Hospitals that provide blood transfusion therapy establish Hospital Blood Banks that are responsible for patient blood grouping and compatibility testing of processed blood obtained from Blood Centres for transfusion and other immuno-haematological services.Read more about health service providers and their use of blood products [link to knowledge centre on Patients and blood transfusion]
Public Health and Reference Laboratory (PHRL)
We collaborate with Public Health and Reference Laboratory (PHRL) to assist us in validation and determining of kits used for microbiological screening of transfusion transmissible infections (TTIs) in donated blood.
Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Other Research Institutions
We collaborate with the NMIMR to carry out research programmes for the development or adaptation of new technologies and for assessment of the real blood needs of the country, and research into any microbes suspected of being transmissible by blood.
Other research institutions (both national and international) also get involved with our research as and when necessary.
We maintain very good and cordial working relationship with relevant divisions of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Christian Health Associations of Ghana (CHAG), Teaching Hospitals, and other agencies of MOH to foster our work.
Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)
Through the Minister of Health, we collaborate with the following MDAs for specific functions:
The Minister(s) responsible for Education, Youth and Sports - supporting the sensitization of blood transfusion science in young children from upper primary through junior high school before they attain the eligible age for donation.
They also facilitate access to secondary and tertiary institutions for blood collection sessions.
The Minister responsible for Employment - encouraging employers in both private and government organizations to donate blood.
They also facilitate access to their work sites for blood donation sessions, as well as, contribute towards meaningful motivational programmes for employees who contribute significantly to the blood programme.
The Minister(s) responsible for Information and Communication – facilitating the dissemination of information on blood donation to the public.
The Minister responsible for Local Government - encouraging Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to play active roles in the formation and effective functioning of mobile community blood collections in their localities.
The Ghana AIDS Commission - assisting through information exchange and financial support.
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) - collaborating with us for public education on blood donation.
Health Development PartnersHealth Development Partners to continue to support the implementation of the national blood programme under the guidance of our National Blood Policy in a harmonized manner to enable Ghana achieve self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood components.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)We collaborate with and provide guidance for other Non-governmental organizations, including the Ghana Red Cross Society, that are interested in projects related to donor education, recruitment, research and development and handling of blood and blood products.
Corporate Organizations and IndividualsWe also collaborate with corporate organizations and individuals to provide funding, access to workplace for blood donations, technical support, dissemination of information, and motivational packages for voluntary donors.