Japanese and Thai Red Cross Societies receive Blood Award“The contribution to securing the safety access to blood”

Mr. Tadokoro (right) is receiving the letter of appreciation

Mr. Tadokoro (right) is receiving the letter of appreciation

The Japanese and Thai Red Cross Societies have received a prestigious international award for their long-time work together, contributing to enabling safe access to blood.

The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations contributing to the development in transfusion medicine and transfusion science, was bestowed on the two national societies at a ceremony in South Korea on June 1.

Since 1995, both JRCS and TRC have been sharing information and experiences and have hosted the “Asian Red cross and Red Crescent Blood Services Symposium,” whose topic is securing the safety access to blood and overcoming transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs).

This symposium taken place once every three years and has been held six times so far, with many managers in charge of local blood services from about 20 countries and regions attending each symposium.

The ISBT award was in recognition of the contribution to safe access to blood in blood services in Asia played by this symposium series.

In the award ceremony, Kenji Tadokoro, the management member from Japanese Red Cross Society, and Dr. Soisaang Pikulsod, M.D. the head of Thai Red Cross Society, received the letters of appreciation from Peter Flanagan from ISBT and 1300 participants greeted the award announcement with loud cheers and much applause.

In accepting the prize, Tadokoro paid tribute to the cooperation of participants from Asian countries in this symposium, which he said enabled the process for which the honour was awarded..

※ International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT); It is an international academic meeting for blood transfusion and transplant. It was founded in 1935, focusing on the needs of transfusion medicine both from the perspective of donors and patients. Today, over 1300 experts in blood transfusion attend from over 101 countries.