South Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (SAATM) is a trans-national, regional organization comprising of professionals and stakeholders in the field of Transfusion Medicine in South Asian countries; working together towards finding solutions to their common problems in the spirit of friendship, trust and understanding through sharing the knowledge, experience and expertise in the field.
VIII th Annual Congress of the Association is scheduled to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 6th to 8th December 2012.
The National Blood Transfusion Service of Sri Lanka is honored being selected to host the Annual Congress this year. Significance of the event is further highlighted in the back ground of NBTS - Sri Lanka receiving the ISBT Award for Developing Countries from the International Society of Blood Transfusion.
As the current president of the South Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (SAATM), I am extremely happy that Sri Lanka has been privileged to host the VIIIth Annual Conference of the association which is to be held in Colombo, from 6th to 8th December 2012. This would be the 2nd occasion Sri Lanka is hosting the annual conference of SAATM, following the VIth conference held in 2006 in Colombo.
Regional cooperation and sharing of experiences is of utmost importance in any field but is more so in fields such as Transfusion Medicine. The South Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (SAATM), would be an ideal platform to share our experiences and to support each other in achieving our objectives for better quality and safety in the field of blood transfusion. Furthermore, in the background of its recent developments there is a bright future for the association, in expanding its boundaries beyond the region, establishing collaboration with other countries at Asian and global level as well as with international organizations such as World Health Organization(WHO) and International Society of Blood Transfusion(ISBT).
As far as Sri Lanka is concerned there has been a remarkable development and advancement in the field of Transfusion Medicine during the past decade. This progress has been well recognized and duly rewarded when the International Society of Blood Transfusion(ISBT) selected the NBTS as the winner of its first ever Developing Country award which was presented at the recently concluded ISBT conference in Cancun Mexico in August 2012. With all these developments, I think Sri Lanka is not only well set and eagerly awaiting to conduct this international conference but also is well prepared to make a significant contribution to the regional development as well, as a model and a center for transfusion medicine.
I wish the organizing partners of this conference, National Blood Transfusion Service-Sri Lanka, SAATM Sri Lankan Chapter and the Sri Lanka College of Transfusion Physicians every success, and also thank all the sponsors who have extended their generous contributions and support in making this event a reality.
Finally I hope that this conference in addition to providing the obvious benefit of enhancing the knowledge will mark an important milestone in the development of regional cooperation in the field of transfusion medicine.
South Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine