HIV: Tamil Nadu case turns the spotlight on safe blood availability

A 23-year-old pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu tested positive for HIV after receiving a unit of blood at a government hospital blood bank, indicating glaring lapses in screening procedures. The blood was donated on November 30 and transfused to the pregnant woman on December 3. Testing all donated blood units for a number of transfusion-transmissible … Continue reading HIV: Tamil Nadu case turns the spotlight on safe blood availability

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Friends, relatives are not always safe blood donors 

India has come a long way in making safe blood available throughout the year, but much remains to be done before we reach the cherished goal of 100 per cent voluntary donation and the availability of safe blood across the country at all times. This is food for thought, especially on World Blood Donor Day … Continue reading Friends, relatives are not always safe blood donors 

Editorial: Improving access to safe blood

Published in The Hindu on July 24, 2007 Even 11 years after the Supreme Court passed its landmark judgment to put an end to professional blood donation, the malaise continues to thrive in India.  If anything, the ban has only forced it to operate under the guise of replacement donation. Unlike voluntary donation that is … Continue reading Editorial: Improving access to safe blood