Collaboration with external organizations

 

By cooperating with external organizations, we can learn a great deal and also share our experience  with others. This means better help for more people, whether delivered by our organization or by other organizations using our experience and knowledge.

First aid at traffic accidents with VVV

In 2012, the Verenigingen voor Verkeersveiligheid (Associations for Road Safety – VVV) launched a new road safety campaign. VVV aims to support associations and organizations in Flanders in their efforts to improve road safety and have put together a wide range of training packages for this purpose.

Associations can request road safety training via the campaign’s website. The Belgian Red Cross-Flanders course on ‘First aid for traffic accidents’ is included in their offering. This three-hour course teaches trainees how to ensure safety in the event of a traffic accident and dispense first aid treatment for common injuries. They are also given tips on preventing traffic accidents.

In 2012, we ran 22 ‘First aid for traffic accidents’ courses (compared with just one in 2011). The collaboration with VVV therefore enabled us to reach many more people.

On vacation with Europa Kinderhulp

A number of organizations arrange vacations for socially vulnerable children. In 2011, we joined forces with Dutch organization Europa Kinderhulp in order to expand our vacation offering. Europa Kinderhulp  has been organizing holidays for socially vulnerable children with Dutch host families for more than 50 years.

Europa Kinderhulp oversaw the selection and screening of host families, while Belgian Red Cross-Flanders looked for Flemish children in need of a holiday with the help of the various Red Cross branches involved in organizing vacation camps.

The pilot project with Europa Kinderhulp enabled 23 Flemish children to go on vacation in 2011. It was a huge success, with plenty of enthusiastic feedback from the children concerned. We therefore decided to open up the project to all Red Cross branches in 2012. In 2012, 39 children enjoyed a vacation in the Netherlands. Of the 23 children who went in 2011, 18 came along for a second time, nine of them staying with the same host families.   

Movement without a Name campaign

On December 12, 2012, Movement without a Name (Bond Zonder Naam) launched a campaign aimed at removing the stigma surrounding loneliness and giving people the tools to recognize loneliness in themselves and others.

To help spread the message, Movement without a Name partnered with a number of organizations involved in tackling loneliness, including Belgian Red Cross-Flanders.

In all of our care activities, our volunteers offer support to lonely individuals. Initiatives such as 'Zorgbib', Home in my home and Just pop in are all geared towards combating social isolation. Our Adapted vacations do the same thing for people whose disability or age prevents them from taking a holiday independently, while our Vacation camps help socially vulnerable children.

‘Just pop in’ with external partner organizations

In 2012, we reviewed the procedures of our ‘Just pop in’ scheme, in which Red Cross volunteers visit older people living in their own homes. Thanks to structural cooperation between Red Cross branches and partner organizations such as public social welfare centers (OCMWs), local service centers and homecare organizations, we can now ensure that our volunteers are sent to safe and known domestic situations. The partner organization also screens the people requesting assistance.

EuBis and CATIE seminar

Within Europe, national blood establishments work together in a network called the European Blood Alliance. Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is actively involved in the EBA’s European Blood Inspection (EuBIS) Working Group.

This working group develops common European standards and criteria for the inspection of blood establishments. EuBIS also writes manuals setting out standards and guidelines for quality management and the inspection of blood establishments. Based on these, EuBIS organizes an annual seminar aimed at promoting knowledge in the area of quality and safety of blood and blood components.

In 2012, Belgian Red Cross-Flanders organized and hosed this seminar. On March 7, 8 and 9, we welcomed 27 international representatives from inspection bodies and blood establishments at the blood transfusion center in Leuven.

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders is also a member of the CATIE consortium, which organizes training for inspectors of blood establishments. The training aims to further disseminate inspection-related best practices and expertise within the EU.

The first CATIE seminar took place in Budapest on August 28-31. The aim of the seminar was to develop a training program for inspectors of blood and blood components.

Sharing expertise with blood establishments abroad

Over the years we have built up substantial expertise in the medical and operational management of a blood service. We want to use that expertise to strengthen blood establishments in other countries.

On September 15, 2012, a 14-person delegation from the Turkish blood establishment visited the blood transfusion center in Leuven. By bringing forward a number of laws, regulations and directives, Turkey has taken a step forward in the safe delivery and use of blood and blood products. The aim of the visit was to help the Turkish Ministry of Health (MoH) develop a national blood program, in line with current EU legislation.

On November 8, 2012, a Japanese delegation from the Blood Products Research Organization (BPRO) also visited the Leuven blood transfusion center. They were seeking information on pathogen reduction technologies, the joint alliance between blood services in Belgium and the Netherlands and the prices of blood and plasma products overseas.

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