Purpose

The aim of this toolkit is to assist blood centers and researchers interested in expanding their services in public health programs.

The goal is to provide a framework enabling researchers and/or blood centers to:

  • Increase recognition of the role blood donors can play in public health
  • Efficiently gain commitment and funding from various agencies for new research and surveillance

 

Toolkit Contents

Section 1: What Blood Centers can offer to Public Health

The contents of this section include:

  • Information for creating a fact-based document that can be shared with public health agencies
  • Information from a recent public health research survey 
  • Description on how to use donors as a useful population for research studies
  • Literature references with examples of the use of donors for public health research
  • List of global agencies with contact information

Section 2: How to enhance the ability to support emerging outbreaks once discovered

The contents of this section include:

  • Considerations for development of a biobank
  • Elements for rapid development and implementation of studies, including a list of blood center laboratories with research capabilities
  • A customizable template for a biobank management framework