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Black Mark on Red Cross: decision to ignore 5c test for contaminated blood proved fatal – Michael West

The Red Cross. Infected blood scandal

It is 1986. A blood test to screen for non A, non B Hepatitis, costing just 5 cents per test, has been shown to significantly reduce the amount of contaminated blood being collected and given to people needing transfusions. It is not a specific test, so it also rules out a small percentage of healthy donors due to occasional false positive results. Blood banks throughout the US are using the test for medical, ethical and legal reasons. What was Australia to do? Queensland’s Blood Service started using the test but no other Australian blood service did so. Many thousands of people were infected as a result. Elizabeth Minter reports in this third of her series on Australia’s infected blood scandal.

Source: Black Mark on Red Cross: decision to ignore 5c test for contaminated blood proved fatal – Michael West

Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors – Michael West

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The Red Cross actively encouraged people it knew were infected with Hepatitis C to continue to donate blood in defiance of basic principles of blood safety. As set out by World Health Organisation guidelines, a safe blood donor is healthy and has no risk factors for HIV or other infections. Knowingly including infected blood into a therapeutic setting is a basic breach. Elizabeth Minter reports Part II of the infected blood scandal investigation.

Source: Red Cross defied basic principles of blood safety by recruiting Hepatitis C-infected donors – Michael West

‘Disaster capitalism’: Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross — RT News

Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in Haiti and thousands in need of immediate relief. However, Haitians have not been making calls for American Red Cross donations. Former Haiti development worker France Francois explained why to RT.

Source: ‘Disaster capitalism’: Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross — RT News