The Kenya national blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) is set to hold the first blood transfusion and Transplant Conference dubbed DAMU KE, from the 28th to 30th June 2022, at Windsor Golf Hotel, Nairobi.
Based under the theme transforming Blood Transfusion and Transplant Services for Improved Health Outcomes in Kenya and the Region, the Conference will createawareness on medical and technological advancements and exchange for enhancing practice excellence in blood transfusion and organ transplant services in the region.
According to statistics, in 2021 297,796 units of blood were collected, impacting over 280, 000 Kenyans being the highest annual collection since Kenyan Independence, in turn increasing the blood banking capacity by 100% from 24,000 units to 50,000 units.
The conference is unique to transfusion and transplant medicine in the region. In 2022, there over ten similar planned conferences on blood transfusion globally, hence transfusion, tissue and Human organ transplant service and the results of the investment made have started being experienced.
These conferences will largely focus on the medical science of transfusion and within the context of the post Covid-19 recovery, building strong care is essential for Kenya and for the region.
Drawing lessons from COVID-19 and the need to address Governance, regulation and oversight requirements in services in the region, the conference will ensure the acceleration of policy and practice in the area of transfusion and transplant services, hence fast tracking the attainment of Universal Health coverage and ultimately the President’s Big Four Agenda.