Brazil: ANVISA’s international cooperation for the structuring of blood and blood products services in Honduras
Anvisa participated in a mission to train inspectors for the inspection of blood establishments in Honduras. About 30 technicians from the Health Secretariat of that country will be trained.
The international mission is comprised of two stages: a theoretical workshop (17-21 / 9) and hands-on training with visits to three Honduran blood and blood derivatives services (24-28/9).
The actions are part of the Project to Support the Strengthening of the National Blood and Hemodynamic System in Honduras, which includes Anvisa, the Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Hemoderivative and Biotechnology Company (Hemobrás). The initiative will contribute to the process of structuring Honduran services and strengthening the area of health surveillance of blood products in that country.
For Anvisa, this kind of technical cooperation is important because it reinforces the agency’s role as a model and reference in the area of blood and blood products in Latin America, as well as contributing to the consolidation of health actions in other countries, especially Latin American countries.
The opening of the first phase of the training was attended by the Brazilian ambassador to Honduras, Breno Diaz da Costa, and the Embassy’s minister-counselor Francisco Resende, as well as regulatory expert Christiane Costa, Anvisa. Also present at the opening ceremony were a representative of the Sanitary Vigilance of Rio de Janeiro, Carlos Dias, and a representative of the Hemocentro Foundation of Ribeirão Preto (SP), Ana Paula Zanelli.