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Irish Blood Transfusion Service tracing at-risk women abroad

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is seeking assistance in tracing certain women over 30 who had a miscarriage or a baby who were given Anti-D to prevent “blue baby syndrome”. Those affected received the serum between 1977-79 & later between 1991 and 1994; some of the batches of Anti-D given in that time were unsafe and caused Hepatitis C in some women.

In order to reach these women, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service is asking Irish centers abroad to distribute information to their networks, and has designed a leaflet for use by centers. Here is the letter from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service:

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service is continuing efforts to trace women who received Irish BTSB Anti-D immunoglobulin between 1977-79 & later between 1991 and 1994.  As the National Tracing Programme is drawing to a close in early 2011, we are now on a final effort to ensure that exhaustive efforts have been taken to trace all ‘at risk’ women included in the Programme.  This Programme comes under the guidance of the Department of Health and the Expert Group on Hepatitis C.

As part of the final campaign we need to target women (aged 30+) in Ireland and those who may now be living abroad who may be at risk.  We are aware that some women affected by this may be living abroad and we are anxious to make contact with them.  We feel it would be a very worthwhile exercise to circulate the information on the attached leaflet to your audience to inform them that the programme is drawing to a close.  The target risk groups are identified in detail on the attached leaflet.

I attach an electronic copy of the poster for your information on the final campaign which may be useful to circulate by email to your Irish distribution list and if appropriate perhaps the information could be placed on your website and newspaper.

Further information is available on our website at www.giveblood.ie/Clinical_Services/Monitoring_Programmes.

Please contact the office to receive posters and leaflets if required and if you require any further clarification or information please do not hesitate to contact me on +353 1 432 2865.

Thank you for your help in this important matter.

Kind Regards

Maria

Maria Flanagan
Project Manager – Recipient Tracing Unit
Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Tel: + 353 1 432 2865

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  1. Moker says:

    Thanks! I actually live in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Two of my gratrpadenns were born in Clontarf, their gratrpadenns having been some of the pioneer settlers to the area in the late 1870s. I have visited Ireland several times, and on my last visit I found the Irish people to be a bit more curious about their relatives who left for America. Since I have done some of my own research about my Irish relatives in America, I thought I could help them a little bit. Thanks again for the comment I appreciate it!Aine

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