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Training workshops for blood transfusion experts of ECO Member States to be held in Tehran
Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) are co-organizing the first workshops on «Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment» and «Quality Assurance» for ECO Member States.
Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) are co-organizing the first workshops on «Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment» and «Quality Assurance» for ECO Member States.
Representatives from the ECO Member States including , I.R of Afghanistan I.R of Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Tyrkey, are attending this three-day workshops.
After the First Meeting of the Heads of Blood Transfusion Organizations of ECO Member States in Tehran, IBTO has made a lot of efforts to establish a network among blood services of the ECO Member States in order to intensify multilateral collaboration, find common challenges and opportunities and improve the regional standards of blood transfusion. 
 
The most important challenges facing blood safety in ECO Member States are low availability of voluntary blood donors (existence of paid blood donation in some countries) ,  low capacities of laboratory services in testing donated blood and diagnosis reliability; High prevalence rate of transfusion transmitted infections among blood donors and Inappropriate use of blood and blood components.
Recruitment of voluntary non-remunerated blood donors; precise blood donor screening; use of advanced technology for preparation of blood components; observance of GMP principles; compliance with standards and principles of Quality Assurance, and establishment of look-back and hemo-vigilance systems are main needs of ECO Member States .
 
In this regard, «Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment» and «Quality Assurance» workshops will be held from 10 -12 May 2010 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran.
 
The objectives of these workshops are to acknowledge the vital role of availability of adequate and safe blood to the health and well-being of the citizens of ECO Member States, promote communication and collaboration between existing transfusion services, and facilitate technical collaboration through exchange of information, joint training courses and other means. Workshops certainly highlight the strong or vulnerable points of Member States based on which a more practical joint work plan can be formulated.