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Author Schneider, William H. (William Howard), 1945- author.

Title The history of blood transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa / William H. Schneider
Published Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource
Series Perspectives on global health
Perspectives on global health.
Contents Blood transfusion before the Second World War -- Blood transfusion from 1945 to independence -- Blood transfusion in independent African countries -- Who got blood? : indications for the use of blood transfusion, 1945/2000 -- Who gave blood? -- Blood transfusion and health risk before and after the AIDS epidemic -- African blood transfusion in the context of global health
Summary "This first extensive study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa traces the history of one of the most important therapies in modern medicine from the period of colonial rule to independence and the AIDS epidemic. The introduction of transfusion held great promise for improving health, but like most new medical practices, transfusion needed to be adapted to the needs of sub-Saharan Africa, for which there was no analogous treatment in traditional African medicine. This otherwise beneficent medical procedure also created a "royal road" for microorganisms, and thus played a central part in the emergence of human immune viruses in epidemic form. As with more developed health care systems, blood transfusion practices in sub-Saharan Africa were incapable of detecting the emergence of HIV. As a result, given the wide use of transfusion, it became an important pathway for the initial spread of AIDS. Yet African health officials were not without means to understand and respond to the new danger, thanks to forty years of experience and a framework of appreciating long-standing health risks. The response to this risk, detailed in this book, yields important insight into the history of epidemics and HIV/AIDS. Drawing on research from colonial-era governments, European Red Cross societies, independent African governments, and directly from health officers themselves, this book is the only historical study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa."--Provided by the publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Blood -- Transfusion -- Africa -- History
Blood banks -- Risk management -- Africa
AIDS (Disease) -- Epidemiology
Risk management.
Blood Transfusion -- history
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- transmissionzafrica south of the sahara
Blood Banks -- organization & administration
Blood-Borne Pathogens
History, 20th Century
Risk Management
risk management.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
HISTORY -- General.
Risk management
AIDS (Disease) -- Epidemiology
Blood banks -- Risk management
Blood -- Transfusion
Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Africa South of the Sahara
Sub-Saharan Africa
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013026688
ISBN 9780821444535