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Creating a safe and sufficient donor population in Europe: comparing and recommending good donor management practice [DOMAINE] [2007202] - Project
General objectives

The project aims to achieve a safe and sufficient blood supply for all European citizens by establishing Good Donor Management practice in all Member States.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

Human blood is the basis for many, often life saving, therapeutic treatments for such ailments as trauma, cancer and cardiac disease. Due to Europe`s ageing population, the number of potential blood donors is falling, so that shortages are forecast. The most efficient and secure way of managing this problem is the development and adoption of European good practice and cooperation between blood establishments professionals at the European level. The project has a clear link to the priorities in the Public Health Work Programme 2007 on availability of substances of human origin.

Methods and means

The project will encourage safe and sufficient blood management (collection, processing, distribution and use) by: 1. performing a Survey on current practice in European blood establishments, including practices geared to promoting voluntary unpaid donations. 2. developing a Donor Management Manual in several European languages, identifying and recommending good European practice for donor management, also with respect to patients requiring long-term transfusion therapy. 3. developing a Training Programme which will assist blood establishments to develop Good Donor Management within each Member State. The project is carried out by 14 blood establishments from 14 Member States and the patient driven organisation Thalassaemia International Federation.

Expected outcomes period

A Survey report on current practice in European blood establishments, including practices geared to promoting voluntary unpaid donations; A Donor Management Manual in several European languages, identifying and recommending good European practice for donor management, also with respect to patients requiring long-term transfusion therapy; A Training Programme which will assist blood establishments to develop good donor management within each member state.

Details
Start date: 01/03/2008
End date: 01/07/2011
Duration: 40 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
EC Contribution: € 499 981,00