Meeting the Challenges of International Crises: The Experience of the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization

Nasim Sadat Hosseini Divkolaye, Fariba Seighali, Ali Akbar Pourfathollah, Mitra Radfar, Frederick M. Burkle

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Crises require a timely and well-prepared response by health services, especially those that are directly engaged with the lives of the patients such as blood services. The Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization as a single national authority of blood transfusion has left many crises behind. In this study, we examined the main international crises that the blood transfusion organization has faced during its 44-year history and objectively evaluated the methods for crisis risk reduction, both administrative and operational, all of which have led to fundamental advances in the organization. By proper planning and effective strategy setting, the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization has managed to cope with international threats and in some cases has turned threats into opportunities to implement new, permanent administrative and operational strategies. It is not prudent for blood transfusion centers to develop their disaster risk reduction strategies on an individual-country basis in a world where global risk and crisis factors are rapidly increasing. Reduction of risk for blood transfusion centers must become a strategic priority nationally and globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-413
Number of pages4
JournalDisaster medicine and public health preparedness
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • Iran-Iraq War
  • blood donation
  • blood transfusion
  • crisis management
  • disaster medicine
  • hepatitis
  • recruitment campaign

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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