Korean Red Cross

Blood service

WHO (World Health Organization) collaborating center (WHO CC) is an institution designated by the WHO to carry out activities in support of WHO programs. Korean Red Cross Blood Service was designated as WHO CC in 2014.

○ Areas of activity as WHO CC

  • - Assist in the development of well-organized national programs through training and mentoring
  • - Provide technical support as requested by WHO for strengthening the national blood system based on WHO guidelines and recommendations at a regional and global level
  • - Assist in the development of public awareness and donor education materials in order to accomplish 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donation

○ Activities

  • - Capacity building for blood transfusion service (Tanzania) (2016 - 2018)

    From 2016 to 2018, 45 delegates of Tanzania visited KRCBS for capacity building to enhance Tanzania's blood services and contribute to public health.

    Through the 3 years of training, the delegates were able to set up an action plan to secure a stable blood supply in Tanzania.

    As a result, blood collection in Tanzania has increased from 196,735 units in 2016 to 307,835 units in 2018.

  • - Study tour

    The KRCBS has developed study tour programs for blood service professionals from other countries since its designation as a WHO Collaborating Center since 2014.

    The purpose of the programs is mainly to share the expertise in operating a national blood services and provide the opportunity to visit facilities. As of December 2019, delegates from 19 countries participated in the study tour program to learn best practices in blood service.

  • - Asia Pacific Workshop on Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment in 2016

    The KRCBS hosted the 'Asia Pacific Workshop on Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment' in 2016, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The purpose of the workshop was to raise the awareness of VNRBD and share best practices with national societies.

    24 countries participated in the workshop and discussed their VNRBD development strategies and opportunity for future cooperation.

○ Reference document

    - Guidance on centralization of blood donation testing and processing
    - WHO Action framework to advance universal access to safe, effective and quality assured blood products

○ e-mail : whocc@redcross.or.kr