The Safe Blood for Africa Foundation™ initiated contact with the Lesotho Blood Transfusion Service (LBTS) during 2003. A visit was made during 2006 which was funded by the CDC multi country fund and SBFA was then able to make recommendations and provide limited technical assistance according to the guidelines and recommendations of the WHO for developing countries. The SBFA operational structure, based on the Blood Safety Value Chain (BSVC) is a framework designed to ensure that the various components critical to making up a sustainable National Blood Service as advocated by the WHO are in place. SBFA conducted a number of training activities in Lesotho between 2007 and 2011 as well as providing funding for the initial appointment of a donor recruitment officer. The LBTS was also assisted by SBFA in identifying suitable plans for the construction of a blood centre to be funded by Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which is now operational.
The SBFA has assisted Lesotho in the development of the National Blood Transfusion Service with a focus on scaling up of blood safety activities such as blood collection, testing and distribution and provided Technical Assistance services related to the following key technical areas:
These activities were carried out regularly between 2007 and 2011 after which funding was no longer available.
During the period 2006 - 2011, SBFA: