Supply of blood for transfusion in Latin American and Caribbean countries

Blood transfusions are necessary to improve or save the lives of children with severe anemia, mothers in obstetric emergencies, patients with hemoglobinopathies, cancer patients, transplant patients, patients with chronic age-related diseases, such as bleeding caused by vascular problems and orthopedic surgeries, people injured in accidents, among other causes.

In 2014, the countries of the Region of the Americas reaffirmed their commitment to universal health through the approval of the Action Plan for Universal Access to Safe Blood 2014-2019, approved by the 53rd Directing Council held in October 2014 (CD53.6).

This plan promotes universal access to safe blood for transfusions in the region, through voluntary unpaid donations, the organization of blood services, the implementation of quality and safety standards, and the application of governance actions.