FOLLOWING THE FORMATION of the ICBS in 1999, a pilot project proposal for the achievement of universal blood safety in developing countries was submitted to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for funding. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation generously agreed to provide a five million dollar (US) grant over a period of five years (one million US dollars per year).
Starting June 1999, after receiving the first installment of the grant, it became possible for ICBS to formalize it's organization and to begin implementing country-specific projects and activities aiming at improving blood safety in the developing world.
ICBS INITIALLY LIMITED its request to a modest budget with the intention of soliciting further financial support for a complimentary project at a later stage.
Additional support would be sought after articulating the use of the requested limited funds; evaluating ICBS' initial progress in ongoing specific activities; and determining the scope and focus of future activities.
DURING THE COURSE of implementing ICBS' activities and assessing their significant progress achieved during a short period , it became evident that significant additional funds were needed in order to achieve the ICBS' lofty goals for improving blood safety. ICBS has developed a second phase which will greatly expand its activities in other needy countries and regions in the developing world by having multiple complimentary projects over an eight-year duration.
FUNDS ARE BEING SOUGHT from various foundations, organizations, institutions, and individuals who recognize and believe in the noble goals of ICBS aiming at improving blood safety in the developing world.
Interested parties are urged to contribute to the ICBS World Blood Safety Fund.
PLEASE CONTACT the Executive Director of ICBS on the address shown below for additional details:
Executive Director ICBS, Mohamed El-Nageh, MD, Ph.D.,
At: The New York Blood CENTER 310 East 67th St, New York, NY 10021 U.S.A.
Tel 212.570.2419, Fax 212.879.5922