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Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion

Sep 19, 2016 13:19 IST

An Indian-origin South African Ravi Reddy was on 18 September 2016 appointed as the Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam.

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With this, Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT, a global organisation of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide.

The ISBT, now with 100 member countries, was established in 1935 as a platform for exchanging knowledge and advancing the blood-transfusion practice.

About Ravi Reddy
• He is currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).
• He has served in various capacities for more than three decades after starting out as a volunteer at the age of 16 at SANBS.
• He subsequently qualified as a medical technologist with an MBA from the University of Natal in South Africa.
• He represented the African region on the board of the ISBT between 2006 and 2012, and is also a member of the Working Party on Transfusion and Transmissible Infections.
• He has presented and published a large number of scientific papers.

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