The focus of blood safety is to ensure that everyone has access to a safe and reliable supply of blood at a reasonable cost. Many low-income countries have an endemic prevalence of life threatening infections that are transmitted through the blood supply. Populations of pregnant women and children under the age of five are especially vulnerable to unsafe blood transfusion practices.
Since 2005, Helmer Scientific has been working to reform healthcare in developing countries in partnership with Global Healing, a leading international medical non-profit organization, by equipping blood banks in the countries of Georgia, Armenia, Dominica, Moldova, and Haiti. We also actively support the efforts of the International Blood Safety Forum, which was initiated in 2012.
Watch a video of joined efforts to launch a state-of-the-art hospital transfusion service in Mirabalais, Haiti. Three of our volunteers traveled to install Helmer Scientific donated equipment and train hospital staff on best practices.