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Ethical and cultural concerns for health professionals, media and the public in promoting adequate and safe blood transfusion services in Africa: a case study of Ghana

Appiah, B., Bates, Imelda, Owusu-Ofori, S. and Dunn, A. (2013) 'Ethical and cultural concerns for health professionals, media and the public in promoting adequate and safe blood transfusion services in Africa: a case study of Ghana'. Vox Sanguinis, Vol 105, Issue S1, p. 96.

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Abstract

Background:
Africa has an annual shortfall of 2 million units for blood transfusion. Ethical concerns abound in the area of providing effective blood transfusion services. Many Africans have strong cultural and spiritual beliefs about blood. Blood transfusion services rely on donations from the general public and therefore the public and journalists’ view of blood and blood donation is absolutely critical. In Ghana, a myjoyonline.com news story ‘Girl 15 dies, as lab technician ‘denies’ her blood at Effia Nkwanta hospital’ led to such comments (sic) as ‘I will never donate again in my life...’ and ‘I would be the LAST to DONATE BLOOD in Ghana!’ Also, news stories about some voluntary blood donors testing HIV-positive may dissuade prospective blood donors from donating blood because of associated stigma. The media’s significant role in blood donations raises ethical implications for journalists, and the public. Yet, studies that examine the ethical and cultural concerns among these actors and promote culturally appropriate interventions, are rare.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Poster abstract P-090 from Special Issue: Abstracts of the 23rd Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2-5, 2013
Subjects: W General Medicine. Health Professions > Health Services. Patients and Patient Advocacy > W 84 Health services. Delivery of health care
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 590 Health education, Health communication
WB Practice of Medicine > Therapeutics > WB 356 Blood transfusion
WH Hemic and Lymphatic Systems > Hematologic Diseases. Immunologic Factors. Blood Banks > WH 460 Blood bank procedures
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1111/vox.12048
Depositing User: Lynn Roberts-Maloney
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 11:39
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:08
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/4885

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