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Yugoslavia: ICRC donates plasma purification system

13-04-2000 News Release 00/13

The ICRC recently delivered a chromatography plasma purification system, which is used to produce immunoglobulin and other plasma derivatives, to the Blood Transfusion Institute in Belgrade. The equipment and training in its use are worth 250,000 Swiss francs.

The ICRC and the Blood Transfusion Institute have a long history of fruitful cooperation. During the recent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, for example, the ICRC supplied the Institute with disposable materials necessary for the handling of blood; and during last year's NATO air strikes, it provided a generator and repaired the Institute's cold chain.

Quite apart from this donation, the ICRC medical programme in Serbia continues according to plan. Surgical supplies for the first quarter of 2000 have been delivered to 35 hospitals and other medical facilities, and the monthly distribution of basic drugs for chronic diseases to humanitarian pharmacies is currently under way.