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close this bookSafe Blood in Developing Countries - The Lessons from Uganda (EC, 1995, 151 p.)
close this folderSection Five - Key issues in blood transfusion: The Uganda experience
close this folderChapter Thirteen - Other issues, and their solutions
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1. Which diseases are screened against - and which are not? and why not?
View the document2. The special problem of malaria
View the document3. Adapting laboratory methods
View the document4. The start-up equipment - and computer
View the document5. Transport, for people, supplies, and blood
View the document6. Voice and data communications - or lack of
View the document7. Funding staff salaries in a time of inflation
View the document8. Keeping records, or trying to
View the document9. All or only some hospitals?
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4. The start-up equipment - and computer

The grant from the Carnegie Foundation paid for a heavy duty microtitre plate centrifuge and an incubator. All we then needed to get started again, from the EC funding, was Elisa washers and readers supplied both from Abbott and from Organon Tecnika as part of the Elisa kit order, and domestic refrigerators and one chest freezer shipped by air to arrive in January 1989. An Amstrad computer and a dot matrix printer and three simple portable typewriters completed the emergency equipment purchase.

The computer was used to generate sets of six unique six-figure numbers on adhesive labels. It linked these numbers to the donor identification and, after complete processing, printed larger adhesive labels as blood bag labels with the blood group and HIV (and later Hepatitis B) results. These labels were colour coded by use of crayons (O = blue, A = yellow, B = pink, AB = black, and Rhesus negative = crimson). The computer was also programmed to assist quality control, to make lists of donors by place collected and to prepare confidential results for the counsellor to take to counselling sessions.