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close this bookThe Courier N° 133 - May - June 1992 - Dossier : Environment and Development - Country Reports - Côte d'lvoire - Papua New Guinea (EC Courier, 1992, 104 p.)
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The National Blood Transfusion Centre

Blood donations and AIDS control

As Professor Alain Ekra, Minister of Health and Social Security points out, HIV has spread across Abidjan (2.5 million people) and the rest of the country like wildfire. One of the many reasons for this' says Dr Alain Bondurand, Head of the National Blood Transfusion Centre, is the fact that 'the danger of AIDS has not got home to the people . It is not that they are unaware, he says, but that they just do not take it seriously.

What makes the inhabitants of the capital behave like this towards what is, after all' an unprecedented threat to human life and the continuation of the human race? AIDS is the commonest of the sexually transmitted diseases (14%) and one explanation for what Dr Bondurand has found could well be that, with all the serious economic problems they face, the underprivileged have simply laid down their arms and surrendered to despair.

The health authorities are tackling the disturbing spread of HIV in Cd'Ivoire with more and more nationwide campaigns to inform, prevent and, of course, detect the disease. HIV is being traced through the blood donations at three transfusion centres, two of which are in Korhogo and Bouake.

Blood donors are not paid, but the National Transfusion Centre still has many volunteers and their numbers have increased, particularly since reception facilities for visitors improved and the Centre began paying for their transport (CFAF 500) and offering snacks after taking blood.

We have the authorities and the National Blood Transfusion Centre to thank for the fact that we can pinpoint the AIDS situation in Cd'Ivoire exactly.

Aid from the European Community helps equip the Centre with all the technical resources it needs to perform its tasks. In the course of the year, the Centre will be made a National Public Establishment with its own budget and considerable leeway in its operation-a move intended to make for greater efficiency and better yield, particularly when it comes to the country's new general prices policy.

The change in status should mean that income can be generated through sales- of bags of blood and not blood itself, as organ-trading is to be avoided. L.P.