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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Birth of Another Journal

From the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon (Delhi-National Capital Region), Haryana, India

Date of Web Publication3-Mar-2016

Correspondence Address:
Nabajyoti Choudhury
From the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon (Delhi-National Capital Region), Haryana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2455-8893.178000

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Choudhury N. Birth of Another Journal. Glob J Transfus Med 2016;1:1-2

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Choudhury N. Birth of Another Journal. Glob J Transfus Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Aug 13];1:1-2. Available from: https://www.gjtmonline.com/text.asp?2016/1/1/1/178000

Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM) is a trans-national organization working for the cause of development of blood transfusion services (BTS) in Asian countries. This organization was conceptualized in 1999 by a few transfusion medicine specialists from five countries. It was felt that there was no scientific forum at a trans-national level for BTS workers from this part of the world. One platform was needed to discuss recent scientific developments and to organize manpower development programs in various member countries. Founder members also discussed need for improvement in quality parameters in these countries. Moreover, scientific workers require a forum to discuss recent developments. They needed to present their research work in front of a larger audience for the benefit of the community. Therefore, a group of founder members planned to start a medical organization consisting of workers from BTS and allied specialties. This group resolved to work together toward finding solutions to their common problems in the spirit of friendship, trust and understanding and to create an order based on mutual respect, equity, and shared benefits. The primary objective of the association was to accelerate scientific progress and achieve common standards in BTS in member countries in the South Asian and or Asian region.

It was decided by the founder members that the name of the association will be “SAARC Association of Transfusion Medicine.” The main reason was that most of founder members were from South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. SAARC is a regional association of governments from South East Asia. Member countries in SAARC are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. This association formally started working from 1999 and BTS workers from these countries started enrolling as members. The association organized its 1st annual conference in the year 2000 in Colombo followed by Kathmandu, Nepal (2003) and in Karachi, Pakistan (2004). Over the years, it was felt that this association has full filled aspirations of its members. BTS workers from beyond SAARC countries also wanted to become members of association and wanted to be a part of the growth story. Keeping in mind, that large numbers of BTS workers from Asian countries have interest to become members, the executive council (highest body with arbitrator power) decided to change the name of the association to South Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (SAATM). It facilitated BTS workers from South Asian countries to become members and to start SAATM chapters in respective countries. As per the constitution, SAATM keeps on working for the betterment of blood services in this part of the world. There was lots of appreciation for the good work and more and more BTS workers from other countries wanted to become members of SAATM. It brought similar situations that many members registered in SAATM were from other countries which were beyond South Asia. Keeping in view the new interest developed amongst blood bank workers from various Asian countries, the executive council decided during 8th annual conference of SAATM in Colombo in 2012 that the name “SAATM” of the organization should be changed to AATM. Accordingly all registration/name change process was completed. Thus, AATM started representing about thirteen Asian countries as of now from Turkey to Mongolia.

AATM has rolled out multiple programs for member countries which are usually manpower and quality development programs in member countries. The organization believes on skill development of BTS workers with the help of hands-on training at the grass-root level. Two types of hands-on training are imparted by AATM. One is basic refresher course of 1 day duration, the second is advance immunohematology wet-workshop of 5 days duration. All these wet workshops are high impact programs and it helps immensely in skill development. AATM offers full board fellowships to members for 4–6 weeks in a foreign training center. Until now, 15 members were trained in any one of AATM training centers, i.e. Singapore Blood Center, Singapore; Shanghai Blood Center, China; National Blood Transfusion Center, Sri Lanka; Tata Memorial Hospital, India; Rotary-TTK Blood Bank, India (and Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization, Iran). It also offers “travel fellowships” to young scientists for attending annual AATM conferences. AATM International conferences are organized every year in any one of the member countries and 12th annual conference will be held jointly with Blood Banks and Transfusion Services of Turkey in the 1st week of April 2016.

AATM has an external quality assurance scheme (EQAS) program for member countries. It was organized in the past with the help of from National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, India; National Reference Laboratory, Australia; Ministry of Health, Thailand and Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization, Iran. EQAS is an important part of the quality management system and AATM is committed to impart services of EQAS to member countries with an aim to improve safe blood supply. At this point of time, AATM is working closely with other international agencies to start blood bank accreditation programs and distant learning programs for Asian countries by the later half of 2016.

Under the umbrella of manpower development program, AATM has been publishing “E-News Letter” since 2007 and it is distributed to all members electronically. News Letter has a different role which includes publishing of activities of various AATM country chapters, AATM programs and some elements for knowledge enhancement. There are large pools of transfusion medicine workers in this part of the world who are actively involved in teaching, training, and research. All member countries have a strong trained manpower base and they need a platform to publish their scientific work. Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka have a formalized postgraduate degree programs in transfusion medicine for many years. Young scientists need regular scientific periodicals to keep updated with recent developments and also to publish their research work.

There is a long-standing demand from AATM members to publish a peer-reviewed journal for member countries. Most of the member countries do not have such journals at country level to share their knowledge, especially at the global forum. Publication of a peer-reviewed journal was approved by the Governing Council (GC) of AATM about 3 years back. However, it was a huge task to complete and the main process started about 2 years back when the editorial committee was constituted under the leadership of the Editor-in-Chief. The Editorial team has been working tirelessly since the last 1 year, and lots of hurdles have been crossed. Now, you have seen the beautiful final result, i.e., the “Global Journal of Transfusion Medicine” (GJTM). GJTM will be for all scientific workers across the globe mainly from the developing countries. It will be a binding force among BTS workers for sharing their research and scientific experiences at the global level. It will also be a vehicle to keep ourselves abreast with recent developments in transfusion medicine and allied specialties. The GC wishes all the best to the Editorial team and also to the future of GJTM. Long live GJTM! Long live AATM!!


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