Egyptian Armed Forces, Grifols open 1st plasma collection centre in Africa, ME in Giza

Ahram Online , Ahmed Eleiba , Thursday 21 Oct 2021

The Egyptian Armed Forces and Spain’s Grifols company inaugurated on Wednesday an integrated plasma collection centre in 6th of October city, Giza, the first of its kind in Africa and the Middle East.

Plasma collection centre inauguration
Egypt s Armed Forces and Spain s Grifols inaugurate the first integrated plasma collection centre in the Middle East and Africa in Giza s Sixth of October city. Egyptian military spokesman

The Egyptian Armed Forces and Spain’s Grifols company inaugurated on Wednesday a plasma collection centre in 6 October city, Giza, which is the first of its kind in Africa and the Middle East.

The centre, which aims to achieve self-sufficiency in plasma-derived medicines, was established in cooperation between the army’s National Service Projects Organisation (NSPO) and Spain's leading pharmaceutical company, according to a statement by the army spokesman.

Egypt’s Health Minister Hala Zayed, Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, the CEO of Grifols Spain and the CEO of Grifols Egypt, a number of army commanders, and specialists in plasma derivatives attended the inauguration.

The plasma collection centre is the culmination of a long-term partnership aiming to consolidate healthcare in Egypt by establishing 20 centres for plasma donation, the spokesman said.

This comes in parallel with the establishment of a factory for manufacturing plasma-derived medicines, a laboratory, and a central plasma storage facility.

The facilities are established in accordance with the latest international systems, ensuring they obtain the international accreditations necessary for the project, the spokesman added.

The inaugurated centre contains a plasma donation centre, a plasma testing laboratory, a training centre affiliated to Grifols training academy. 

The academy is tasked with carrying out programmes for maintaining development and is overseeing the technical education of the centre workers.

“This is part of Egypt’s efforts to reach the highest standards in the systems of all medical disciplines to provide adequate healthcare to the Egyptian citizen,” the statement added.

Over the past year, Egypt has been eyeing the plasma collection field to secure the plasma-derived medicines necessary to help patients with chronic diseases.

In July, Egypt launched the national plasma donation project as part of a presidential initiative for the production and self-sufficiency of plasma derivatives.

The project is set to help achieve self-sufficiency in plasma derivatives, thus providing medicines for many chronic diseases, liver and kidney illnesses, and burns.

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