WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY
June 14th is the World Blood Donor Day, as recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Blood donations have increased by about 25% over the past 12 years with an expected 108 Million donations in 2016
- Rates of donations decrease substantially from high-income to low-income countries: high-income countries is 36.8 donations per 1000 population; 11.7 donations in middle-income and 3.9 donations in low-income countries
TO IMPROVE BLOOD SAFETY AND AVAILABILITY, WHO RECOMMENDED:
- Establishment of a national blood system for organization and development of transfusion services along with ethical national blood policies
- Collection of blood and components from low-risk, regular, voluntary unpaid donors
- Quality-assured screening and confirmation of all donated blood for transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs)
- Policies for use of blood and blood products
- Implementation of effective quality systems
WHO recommends all blood donations should be screened for infection before use.
- HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis screening should be considered mandatory
The prevalence of TTIs in blood donations such as HIV, HBV, and HCV is significantly higher in low and middle-income countries.
- compared to high-income countries due to a lack of medical facilities and access to proper screening and care supplies
Due to insufficient test kit supply and resources, 25 countries cannot screen donated blood for infectious diseases.
How can we help?
CTK is committed to controlling the spread of blood borne infection by offering highly sensitive and specific Rapid Tests and ELISA Kits that detect antibodies (IgG, IgA, IgM) against the pathogens of primary concern: HIV-1, HIV-2, HBV, HCV and Syphilis.
CTK RAPID TESTS ARE IDEAL FOR PRIMARY SCREENING OF BLOOD BORNE DISEASES –DEMONSTRATED BY INDEPENDENT EVALUATION REPORTS
- The HBsAg and HCV rapid test showed 100% sensitivity in a small size clinical evaluation performed in Mongolia, and is ranked in the top 7 of common brands on the market .
- The Syphilis rapid test detects all stages of syphilis infection. Its sensitivity outperforms PRP, TPPA, several popular syphilis rapid tests, and its performance is similar to the Alere Determine™ Syphilis .
- The HIV Ag/Ab 4th Generation Rapid Test is the recommended diagnostic test for HIV-1 , as it tests for p24 antigen in addition to antibodies, which are detectable approximately one week earlier. It was validated in a Trinidad hospital against the 4th Generation screen ELISA HIV Test, showing > 99% sensitivity and specificity, with no discrepancies between the two testing methods.
- The HCV, HBsAg, and HIV Rapid Tests passed the evaluation for product registration in several countries, and will be evaluated for WHO pre-qualification.
- Recently, we released HCV Ab/HBsAg (R0028C) and HIV Ab/Syphilis Ab (R0035C) 2-in-1 panel rapid tests, which provide two test results with one test procedure. This helps to reduce test costs and speed up the screening process.
BLOOD BORNE DISEASES ELISA TESTS BY CTK
These ELISA kits can be used:
- To confirm primary screening results provided by rapid tests
- In high-throughput settings that deal with hundreds of specimens daily
- With open ELISA automation systems