Department of Life Science and Bioengineering, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Arusha, Tanzania
Barriers and Drivers of Voluntary Blood Donation in Northern and Western Tanzania
Author(s): Florian Finda*, Marceline Finda, Ally Olotu and Sally Mtenga
Introduction: Every second, someone in the world needs blood due to surgery, trauma, severe anemia and complications of pregnancy. There is a shortage of blood for transfusion worldwide, with the heaviest burden faced by sub–Saharan Africa. In countries like Tanzania; the major source of blood is voluntary blood donation, making its supply one of the most challenging in the health care system. This study assessed the magnitude of the deficit of blood in blood banks, and explored views of key stakeholders on the need, availability and opportunities for improving blood donations in northern and western Tanzania.
Methods: This was an explanatory sequential mixed method study done in the Mpanda and Moshi districts in the Katavi and Kilimanjaro regions. A quantitative component involved a questionnaire survey with 253 community members from.. Read More»