The low recruitment and retention of blood donors in sub-Saharan Africa is a grave concern for blood transfusion services in the region. This problem is exacerbated by factors such as a high prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections and anaemia, over-reliance on family replacement donors, resource constraints, and poor communication with the public. To improve blood safety and availability, innovative intervention strategies must be developed and implemented. The primary objective of this Series paper is to discuss the available evidence in the region and to provide recommendations on how to improve safe blood supply in sub-Saharan Africa. These recommendations include a call for renewed attention to donor recruitment in blood transfusion centres, a consistent and structured educational intervention, the development and adherence to national policies on blood donor selection with focus on voluntary donations, and comprehensive screening of donations for transfusion-transmissible infections. Translation: For the French translation of the abstract see Supplementary Materials section.
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