Bethesda, Md. – AABB today announced that it will bestow its prestigious President’s Award to the Swaziland National Blood Transfusion Services and the Kingdom of Swaziland for their extraordinary public service in the health care field. Dr. Samuel V. Magagula, Director of Health Services of Swaziland will receive the award during the AABB Annual Meeting, scheduled for Oct. 22-25 in Orlando, Fla.
“Identifying frequent blood shortages as a national crisis in 2010, the Kingdom of Swaziland aimed to have safe and efficacious blood products available for all citizens requiring a transfusion,” said AABB President Donna Regan, MT(ASCP)SBB. “By embracing a quality systems framework and through education, Swaziland has dramatically reduced the prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections, and drastically reduced mortality due to failure to transfuse blood.”
The AABB President’s award recognizes extraordinary public service by an individual or an organization in the health care arena. Through leadership and vision, the Kingdom of Swaziland is succeeding in enhancing a national culture of safe blood donation.
More information about the Swaziland National Blood Transfusion Services can be found on the Kingdom of Swaziland’s Government website.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in over 50 countries.