BCT Press Release
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In
{{'GLOBAL_MESSAGE_HEADLINE' | translate}}
{{'GLOBAL_MESSAGE_CHOOSE_LANG' | translate}}
en
日本語
中文
{{'GLOBAL_MESSAGE_OR' | translate}}
{{'GLOBAL_MESSAGE_SET_COUNTRY' | translate}}
{{'ELOQUA_BANNER_DECLINE_CONFIRM' | translate}}
{{'ELOQUA_BANNER_DECLINE_CONFIRM_CLOSE' | translate}}
{{'ELOQUA_BANNER_ACCEPT' | translate}}
{{'ELOQUA_BANNER_DECLINE' | translate}}

The Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) and Terumo BCT Panel: The Importance of Blood for Africa’s Mothers

9/25/2019
Today on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly

​​​​​New York City – More than one-third of maternal deaths in Africa result from severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth,1 and the lifetime risk of maternal death in sub-Saharan Africa is a staggering one in 36.2 Blood transfusions can help save mothers' lives, but blood shortages remain frequent in Africa, where more than 40 countries still fail to attain the World Health Organization's donation goal of 10 units per 1,000 inhabitants each year.3

Blood availability is a critical public health concern, requiring key stakeholders to come together and propose solutions to increase research, investment and resources for a safe and sustainable blood supply in Africa.

OAFLAD and Terumo BCT hosted The Importance of Blood for Africa's Mothers panel today. It is the first step toward elevating an adequate, safe and sustainable blood supply on the regional and national public health agendas in sub-Saharan Africa. Moderated by Ben Dotsei Malor, Chief Editor of the United Nations News, the event started an important dialog driving the blood agenda among thought leaders, policymakers and key stakeholders from the public and private sector, academia and not-for-profits.

The First Ladies of Africa continue to work tirelessly towards reducing the high rates of maternal, neonatal and child mortality across our continent. We recognize that a lack of infrastructure and equipment for collection and processing of blood components are key impediments to achieving public health goals in Africa – particularly those related to maternal and child health. Our hope is that this discussion will result in concrete and actionable solutions to address blood safety and maternal health issues in Africa.
                                                                                     -said H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa, First Lady of Zimbabwe​​​​​​
Saving lives is our joint responsibility, requiring commitment, expertise and capacity to support the UN SDG3 targets, particularly relating to maternal mortality. Our panel is a call to action for all stakeholders to do more. Terumo BCT is committed to building the capacity of communities to ensure an adequate, safe and sustainable blood supply.
                                                                                     -Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO, Terumo BCT ​​

Panelists and Keynote: 
  • H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa, First Lady of Zimbabwe
  • ​​H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa, First Lady of Zimbabwe
  • H.E. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of Niger
  • H.E. Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of Burundi
  • Dr. Wangari Ng'ang'a, UHC Technical Adviser, Executive Office of the President, Kenya
  • Hon. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, MP and Minister of Health, Ghana
  • Dr. Prosper Tumusiime, Acting Director, Health Systems and Services Cluster, World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa ​
  • Ash Rogers, Executive Director, Lwala Community Alliance (Keynote Address)
  • Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO, Terumo BCT         
  • Dr. Shirley Owusu-Ofori, Transfusion Medicine Specialist and Head of Transfusion Medicine Unit, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana       
  • Gavin Evans, Executive Director, Global Blood Fund
​​

About OAFLAD
The Organization of First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) mission is to contribute to the health and well-being of children, youth and women through advocacy, resource mobilization and strategic partnerships. OAFLAD is working toward reducing the high rates of maternal, neonatal and child mortality and morbidity rates in Africa. OAFLA.ORG.

About Terumo BCT 
Terumo BCT, a global leader in blood component, therapeutic apheresis and cell therapy technologies, is the only company with the unique combination of apheresis collections, manual and automated whole blood processing, and pathogen reduction technologies. We believe in the potential of blood and cells to do even more for patients than they do today. This belief inspires our innovation and strengthens our collaboration with customers. TERUMOBCT.COM


References:

  1. Khan KS, Wojdyla D, Say L, Gulmezoglu AM, Van Look PF. WHO analysis of causes of maternal death: a systematic review. Lancet. 2006;367:1066-1074. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68397-9.
  2. Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990-2015. Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division. 2015. https://www.unfpa.org/publications/trends-maternal-mortality-1990-2015.
  3. Weimer A, Tagny C, Tapk J, et al. Blood transfusion safety in sub‐Saharan Africa: a literature review of changes and challenges in the 21st century. Transfusion. 59:412-427. doi:10.1111/trf.14949.

Photo Caption:  First Ladies and Panelists, The Importance of Blood for Africa's Mothers, Rainbow Room, New York City, September 25, 2019 – on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly

Left to Right Front Row: S.E. Mme Adjoavi Sika Kabore, First lady of Burkina Faso; S.E. Denise Nkurunziza, First Lady of Burundi; H.E. Mrs Jeanette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda; H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana; H.E. Auxillia Mnangagwa, First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of Niger; H.E. Mrs Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, First Lady of Gambia; S.E. Hinda Deby Itno, First Lady of Chad

Left to Right Back Row: Hon. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, MP and Minister of Health, Ghana; Dr. Shirley Owusu-Ofori, Transfusion Medicine Specialist and Head of Transfusion Medicine Unit, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana; Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO, Terumo BCT; Gavin Evans, Executive Director, Global Blood Fund​

{{'SEARCH_MODAL_TITLE' | translate }}
{{'SEARCH_MODAL_OR' | translate }}

{{'SEARCH_MODAL_BROWSE' | translate }}
{{'SEARCH_MODAL_CHOOSE_LANGUAGE' | translate }} {{'SEARCH_MODAL_CHANGE_LANGUAGE' | translate }}
{{$index+1}}. {{s.label}}