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Indian-origin South African is head of International Society of Blood Transfusion

South African National Blood Service (SANBS)

Johannesburg, Sep 20 (UITV)- Ravi Reddy, an Indian-origin South African, has been appointed as the head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), a global organization of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide. With this, Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT.

Presently, Reddy is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).

The ISBT is a scientific society that was founded in 1935. The important activity is to promote science and education related to blood, cell and transplantation. Professionals from over 100 countries already share their knowledge with this international transfusion medicine community by being a member of ISBT.

Although Reddy has been credited with transforming the safety of blood donation and transfer in South Africa with its very high incidence of HIV/AIDS, he has insisted that this was a team effort by the staff of SANBS.

Mr. Reddy has played a key role in South Africa’s high level of blood safety. In 2004, there was a huge outcry when it emerged that blood donation by the majority Black community in South Africa was being discarded due to the risk associated with the high incidence of HIC/AIDS in that community. Reddy had spearheaded a campaign to ensure stringent testing and also education among donors to turn this around.

“I would not have been considered for this position if it were not for SANBS’ professionalism and reputation for excellence,” Reddy said, adding that receiving this vote of confidence from his peers internationally was humbling.

Ravi Reddy represented the African region on the board of the ISBT between 2006 and 2012, and is also a member of the Working Party on Transfusion and Transmissible Infections.