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USAID Donates Equipment for Ten Blood Banks Across Ethiopia 

USAID Deputy Mission Director Eleanor TanPiengco hands over equipment to H.E. Dr. Mekdes Daba, Minister of Health and Dr. Dereje Duguma, State Minister of Health, at the Ethiopian Blood and Tissue Bank where equipment for ten blood banks was donated to the Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, July 9, 2024 (Courtesy of U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa)

U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa
Press Release 

Addis Ababa, July 10, 2024 – The United States Government, through USAID,  donated equipment worth $100,000 to the National Blood and Tissue Bank for  the creation of ten blood banks across the country, a continuation of long standing support. 

The donations of refrigerators, blood warmers, and cold boxes will provide health  centers with a safe supply of blood and blood products. As a result, these facilities  will make life-saving blood services available for approximately four million  people in six regions. 

In addition, these donations will help Ethiopia Blood and Tissue Bank to meet  their goal of reducing the risks of hemorrhage, a significant cause of maternal  mortality. According to international organizations, an estimated 155,000  Ethiopians were saved last year through blood transfusions. Postpartum  hemorrhage – excessive bleeding after childbirth – is the leading cause of maternal  deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, postpartum  hemorrhage accounts for 60 percent of maternal deaths in developing countries.  Blood and blood products are vital for the transfusions that save the lives of these  new mothers, as well as the lives of countless men and women injured in traffic  accidents. 

In 2016, after seeing the need for blood services in Ethiopia, USAID and the U.S.  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief invested $5.5 million to construct the  National Blood and Tissue Bank headquarters – the site for the handover  ceremony on Tuesday, 9 July 2024. The headquarters currently manage 50 blood  banks throughout Ethiopia that provide blood to 735 health facilities.

USAID is Ethiopia’s largest bilateral donor and invests nearly $200 million every  year to strengthen Ethiopia’s national health system and improve the quality of  health services across the country. 

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