Founded and led by AABB (Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies), the Alliance for a Strong Blood Supply is a coalition of organizations committed to ensuring sufficient blood is available for all patients during the pandemic and beyond. Alliance members have pledged to facilitate communications on the state of the blood supply and to work together on coordinated advocacy and communications campaigns to champion the importance of blood donation, the value of blood transfusions and why a robust blood supply is critical to patient care. Member organizations have also committed to sharing best practices aimed at supporting the stewardship of the blood supply.
The U.S. blood system is fragile. Without a strong and stable blood supply, patient care can be impacted. Blood transfusions are essential, life-saving treatments required by thousands of patients each day. The blood supply is an irreplaceable public health resource, and blood system infrastructure is critical to the ability to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, and to provide optimal treatment for a variety of patients whose care depends on blood transfusions. The ability to maintain a strong blood supply is challenged by myriad factors, including: (1) the donor base and donor engagement; (2) blood utilization and demand; (3) the workforce; (4) blood center operations; and (5) preparedness.
The goal of the Alliance is to engage the broader health care community in proactive efforts to improve the resilience of the blood supply and ensure that it continues to meet patients’ needs.
Alliance member organizations representing the broader health care community will be champions for the stability of the blood supply and advocates for the importance of blood as an essential medicine. Complete the
Alliance members will support a strong and resilient blood supply by activities such as: