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close this bookSafe Blood in Developing Countries - The Lessons from Uganda (EC, 1995, 151 p.)
close this folderSection One - Introduction and summary
close this folderChapter One - Safe blood and HIV/AIDS: The Uganda achievement
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentThe tragedy of the haemophiliacs
View the documentInfections carried by blood
View the documentThe unique features of Africa
View the documentThe global blood safety initiative
View the documentThe Uganda blood transfusion service: A portrait
View the documentThe wider contribution of the UBTS
View the documentThe view from an up-country hospital
View the documentThe matter of costs
View the documentThe dynamics of the project
View the documentA complex organisation
View the documentA view from Mulago hospital, Kampala
View the documentFour questions about AID
View the documentThe first visit for the EC
View the documentDr John Watson-Williams enters the scene

The dynamics of the project

But the nine years or so that have elapsed since the project started are a short period compared to the digestation and implementation periods that characterise many aid projects in Africa. Perhaps because it has been carried out in phases, with the success of one phase triggering the next phase, the UBTS has been a comparatively fast-moving project with forceful dynamics behind it, in particular:

1. the support of the Uganda government and its ministry of health
2. the response of the Ugandan people to the urgent need for safe blood
3. the skills of the EC technical assistants who got the UBTS going again
4. the skills of the (Ugandan) director of the UBTS and his staff who keep it going
5. the financial and technical support of the European Commission.