PRESS RELEASE: United States Congratulates Cameroon for Certification of Blood Bank

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the government of Cameroon, the Ministry of Public Health, and the staff of the Yaoundé Central Hospital on the certification of the Blood Bank at Central Hospital Yaoundé – the first international certification of a blood bank in Cameroon.  This achievement reflects the collaboration between the U.S. government and the Cameroonian government to strengthen the health sector and improve health outcomes for the people of Cameroon.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has strengthened laboratory systems and blood safety programs in Cameroon for over a decade through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and, through its implementing partner Safe Blood for Africa, has supported the certification of the Blood Bank of the Yaoundé Central Hospital.  With U.S. support, Yaoundé Central Hospital has implemented advanced blood bank quality standards, a blood safety information system, and serves as a center of excellence in Cameroon and across Central Africa.

The Blood Bank of Yaoundé Central Hospital has received Step 1 Certification from the African Society for Blood Transfusion Step-Wise Accreditation Program for demonstrating that the Blood Bank meets quality and operational requirements of blood transfusion facilities in Africa.  We encourage the Ministry of Public Health and Cameroon’s National Blood Transfusion Service to implement Quality Management Systems for blood safety to facilitate the certification of more blood banks in the country.