Transfusion Medicine has a long history in India. With collection of more than 11.5 million units per year, strategic planning helps us to prioritize activities and direct key resources. As the environment changes and the demand increases, our priorities must adapt to serve the goal of providing safe and effective donor and patient care. We have been extremely privileged over the years to have so many outstanding nationally recognized members who contributed to this organization and the blood banking community at large. It is essential that we determine what motivates, energizes and meets the needs of our new generation of blood bankers to whom we hand off our legacy.
I thank everyone for showing the confidence in me and electing me as the President of ISTM. The mission of ISTM is to promote the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of Transfusion Medicine by making available affordable blood for all needy patients. I will also like to see that we have excellent teaching and educational opportunities for professionals in the field. Need to stress on promotion of voluntary blood donation and ensure many more donors to become regular repeat donors in the coming years which is the hallmark for blood safety.
Each one of us should be prompt in making regional, national and international partnerships with key stakeholders which will assist in the advancement of knowledge and services. I invite participation of every member in whatever way they can by submitting posters, taking lectures, motivating the donors and many other diverse ways.
I implore each of you to reach out beyond your comfort zone. Invite at least one of your co-workers to consider participation in the ISTM and let’s together take this organisation to newer heights.
Wishing each one of you succes
Dr (Prof.) R N Makroo
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