Venue: Warriors’ Hall Foyer
Session 1A
Theme: Research Workshop
Venue: Seers 1
Chair: Karin van den Berg
Session 1B
Theme: Donor Marketing Workshop
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Irene van Schalkwyk
Session 1C
Theme: Patient Blood Management Workshop
Venue: Seers 2
Chair: Caroline Hilton
Facilitator Title Facilitator Title Facilitator Title
14:30-15:00 Melodie Labuschaigne Protecting Participants in Health Research: the Ethico-Regulatoery Frameworke ethico-regulatory framework for health research in South Africa. 14:30-15:45 Sylvie Daigneault Innovation & The Gift Of Life – Our journey towards a paperless donation experience – from the donor’s perspective. 14:30-15:10 Erica Wood Getting started in Patient Blood Management’
15:00-16:00 Edward Murphy         Brian Custer An Introduction to clinical research in transfusion medicine. 15:45-17:00 Pieter Groenewald Influencer and Ambassador Marketing 15:10-15:50 Britta Lohrke Blood conservation- Can we ‘brainwash’ our doctors?
16:00-16:15 Ute Jentsch REDS-III Partnership was instrumental in building research capacity in South Africa 15:50-16:30 Vernon  Louw  Implementing PBM in a tertiary level hospital in South Africa
16:15-16:30 Genevieve Jacobs The unexpected benefits of participating in collaborative research: A novel experience for the Virology Reference Laboratory at SANBS 16:30-17:00 All Discussion
16:30-17:00 Mars Stone Biobanking in the era of global research collaborations
17:00-17:30 All Discussion
Trade Exhibition Opening /Welcome Cocktail
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Chair: Ravi Reddy
Entertainment / Drinks
Trade Opening / Welcome Cocktail
Fun Run/BloodWing Demonstration
Venue:Cabanas Pool Area
Venue: Hotels
Session 2
Theme: Opening plenary Session
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Marion Vermeulen
Facilitator Title
9:00-9:15 Marion Vermeulen Welcome
9:15-9:30 Gregory Bellairs Scientific Program and SASBT
9:30-10:30 Willem Van der Post  Keynote Speaker
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Session 3
Theme: Challenges and perspectives
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Vernon Louw/Karin van den Berg
Presenter Title
11:00-11:30 Britta Lohrke Blood transfusion in Africa : A rollercoaster ride? ( the Namibian perspective)
11:30-12:00 Erica Wood Haemovigilance – working together
12:00-12:30 Christian Erikstrup Iron Management of Danish Blood Donors
Venue:King’s Ballroom
Session 4a
Theme: Transfusion-transmissible infections
Venue: Seers Court 1
Chair:Russell Cable
Session 4b
Theme: Blood donor health and recruitment
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Greg Bellairs/Pheello Lethola
Session 4c
Theme: Organisational optimisation and staff safety
Venue: Seers Court 2
Chair: Nicky du Toit
Presenter Title Presenter Title Presenter Title
14:00-14:30 Mike Busch Effect of PrEP and early ART on HIV diagnostic assays 14:00-14:45 Christian Erikstrup Experiences and results from The Danish Blood Donor Study  14:00-14:15 Jenny Meaker Management of highly infectious blood specimens – are we doing enough to protect laboratory staff?
14:30-14:45 Karin van den Berg The prevalence of non-disclosure of anti-retroviral use among HIV-positive donors in South Africa 14:15-14:30 Robyn Du Plessis Designing a New Staffing Model for Processing Sites in SANBS
14:45-15:00 Marion Vermeulen Use of a limiting antigen avidity assay to determine HIV incidence in South African first-time blood donors 14:45-15:00 Irene van Schalkwyk Blood Donor Satisfaction – A Four Year Review 14:30-14:45 Larisse Bolton The devil in the details: Auditing blood product requisition data
15:00-15:15 Karin van den Berg Risk factors for recently acquired HIV infection in blood donors in South Africa 15:00-15:15 Marike Gevers Battle of the Blood Donors: a marketing campaign at educational institutions in the Western Cape. 14:45-15:00 Nico Van Der Walt Advantages of Service Process Automation in supporting Blood Transfusion Services 
15:15-15:30 Charlotte Pistorius A comparison of 5 years’ experience with the Tigris and Panther analysers. 15:15-15:30 Thabiso Rapodile Review of the Guidelines for Medical Assessment of Donors           15:00-15:15 Tommy Scanes Degree Days and Cold Chain: novel metrics to obtain meaningful information as an aid in the development and validation of cold chain systems
15:15-15:30 Caroline Hilton A Five-Year Review of the Staff Health Department at the Western Cape Blood Service
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Session 5a
Theme: Transfusion-transmissible infections
Venue: Seers Court 1
Chair: Charl Coleman/Wendy Sykes
Session 5b
Theme: Blood donor eligibility
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Charlotte Ingram/Josephine Mitchell
Session 5c
Theme: Immunohaematology
Venue: Seers Court 2
Chair: Michael Lennards
Presenter Title Presenter Title   Presenter Title  
16:00-16:15 Charlotte Pistorius Dried Blood or Plasma Spot Testing – the Answer for Making Blood Transfusion Testing Safer in Africa? 16:00-16:30 Brian Custer Current topics in blood donor eligibility policies for men who have sex with men (MSM) – issues and approaches in different jurisdictions.   16:00-16:15 Latoya Nadia Van Niekerk The rare donor program at SANBS: achievements and future plans
16:15-16:30 Wendy Sykes Syphilis testing in the South African National Blood Service – January 2010 to December 2018 16:30-16:45 Menard Mutenherwa Assessment of major motivational and inhibitory factors for
voluntary non-remunerated blood donors in Zimbabwe.
16:15-16:30 Debbie Mclinden The Monocyte Monolayer assay – a case study
16:30-16:45 Sandy Valensky Syphilis and viral co-infections in the Western Cape donor population. A 7 year review 16:45-17:00 Aishah Salie The Effectiveness of introducing a Donor Representative Points-Based programme 16:30-16:45 Lavendri Govender ABO Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) – An Exploratory Study of common and rare ABO subtypes at the South African National Blood Services (SANBS)
16:45-17:00 Russell Cable Seroprevalence of the Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus Types 1 and 2 among First-time Blood Donors in the Western Cape, South Africa. 17:00-17:15 Josephine Mitchel Implementation of a script for pre-donation interviews: impact on HIV risk in South African blood donors 16:45-17:00 George Mavunganidze Onsite Evaluation of two automated Blood Grouping Analysers: Zimbabwe Experience
17:00-17:15 Ronald Ayikobua Seroprevalence of human t-cell Lymphotropic virus-1/2 among blood donors in Uganda. 17:15-17:30 Delene Duncan Donors with altered donor questionnaires: An unexplored risk? 17:00-17:15 Moses Moloi Irregular red cell antibodies in antenatal patients: a 5 year review
17:15-17:30 Charl Coleman Evaluation of the Abbott Alinity S and the Roche Cobas e801 for Virology screening at the South African National Blood Service 17:15-17:30 Claudia Fillander Blood group frequencies in the Western Cape blood donor population – a brief synopsis 
Social Function
Theme: Casual dinner and Singing Competition
Venue: Greenhouse
MC: Warren Maule
Venue: Hotels
Session 6
Theme: Innovation Plenary
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Kuben Vather/Ute Jentsch
Presenter Title
8:30-9:00 Reuben Benjamin The future of CAR-T therapy – autologous or allogeneic?
9:00-9:30 Christian Erikstrup Fecal Microbiota Transplantation 
9:30-10:00 Jonathan Louw Project BloodWing – VTOL Drone Delivery in South Africa
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Session 7a
Theme: Transfusion-transmissible infections
Venue: Seers Court 1
Chair: Genevieve Jacobs/Charlotte Pistorius
Session 7b
Theme: Blood donor health and recruitment
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
ChairSiemi Prithvi Raj/Josephine Mitchell
Session 7c
Theme: Blood product safety and processing
Venue: Seers Court 2
Chair: Solomuzi Ngcobo
Presenter Title Presenter Title Presenter Title
10:30-11:00 Mark Sonderup Viral hepatitis in the era of elimination 10:30-10:50 Sylvie Daigneault Marketing in the world of blood donation – a new perspective – What are the opportunities and challenges & how our marketing practices need to evolve. 10:30-11:00 Brian Custer An overview of pathogen inactivation technologies for blood components including discussion of value for money. 
11:00-11:15 Wendy Sykes HBV Infection rates In South African National Blood Service (SANBS) donors born before and after the implementation of universal HBV Vaccination 10:50-11:05 Terrance Pillay An Innovative Approach to Stakeholder Management – Managing Relationships with Blood Drive Controllers 11:00-11:15 Richard J Benjamin Five Years of Routine Experience using INTERCEPT Platelets with Storage up to 7 Days in Switzerland
11:15-11:30 Genevieve Jacobs The impact of the HBS100 marker on HBV NAT Yields at the South African National Blood Service 11:05-11:20 Maryke Harris Deterrents to regular blood donation among blood donors in the Port Elizabeth Branch of the South African National Blood Service 11:15-11:30 Shaldine Sutton Baseline sterility testing of platelet products at the Western Cape Blood Service, South Africa
11:30-11:45 Thabisile Cele HBV and Syphilis co-infections in South African National Blood Service donors – January 2013 to December 2015 11:20-11:35 Vanessa Boniface Case Studies of Incidental ding of Secondary Polycythaemia due to Hookah Pipe Use in Regular Blood Donors at the Western Cape Blood Service, South Africa 11:30-11:45 Robyn Du Plessis The Importance of Infection and Prevention Controls (IPC) in Blood Product Processing a Case Study.
11:45-12:00 Reynier Willemse The prevalence of HIV, HBV and HTLV, in patients receiving blood from the South African National Blood Service. 11:35-11:50 Isaac Mafisa Do once-off annual campaigns influence donor return rate and interval to return? 11:45-12:00 Shaldine Sutton The implementation of platelet additive solution in buffy coat platelet concentrates at the Western Cape Blood Service.
11:50-12:05 Michelle Vermeulen Increasing visibility of blood donation clinics: does it boost collection?
Venue: Kings Ballroom
Session 8a
Theme: Clinical transfusion medicine
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Karin van den Berg
Session 8b
Theme: Capacity building and training
Venue: Seers Court 1
Chair: Glynis Bowie/Michael Lennards
Session 8c
Theme: Stem cells
Venue: Seers Court 2
Chair: Wendy Sykes/Jackie Thomson
Presenter Title Presenter Title Presenter Title
13:30-14:00 Edward Murphy Antenatal blood transfusion in South Africa: indications and practice in a high HIV prevalence setting 13:30-14:00 Erica Wood How can we get people interested in careers in blood transfusion? 13:30-14:00 Charlotte Ingram Successes and challenges: delivering on a diverse stem cell registry and patient service in South Africa and Africa
14:00-14:15 Dudley Wolmarans Blood usage practice for Coronary Artery Bypass surgery at two medical centres in the Western Cape. 14:00-14:15 Faieqa Adams Review of Internal Proficiency Testing using inter-laboratory comparison 14:00-14:15 Jane Ward GRID – The Global Registration Identifier for Stem Cell Donors – Is it different from ISBT 128 Donation Identification Number (DIN)?
14:15-14:30 Victor Biyata The impact of a well functioning Hospital Transfusion Committee at a Tertiary Hospital in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. 14:15-14:30 Malthee Bisnath An Investigation into Leadership Factors affecting Employees in SANBS 14:15-14:30 Derrick Nelson A series of cases demonstrating unusual pan C HLA antibody patterns. 
14:30-14:45 Nareg Roubinian Blood donor, component, and recipient factors in patient blood management strategies for red blood cell transfusion 14:30-14:45 Michele Breuninger Implementation of a bursary scheme for the BHSc qualification 14:30-14:45 Angeline Moonsamy A Descriptive Overview of the Omixon Holotype HLA 11 loci Next Generation Sequencing Workflow
14:45-15:00 Claire Barrett The knowledge of transfusion and related practices amongst doctors working at a tertiary academic hospital in South Africa. 14:45-15:00 Charl Coleman Congress attendance and its predictive value for future congress contribution 14:45-15:00 Lavendri Govender KIR Genotyping at the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) – first steps and looking ahead 
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Session 9a
Theme: Apheresis collections
Venue: Seers Court 1
Chair: Caroline Hilton
Session 9b
Warriors: Advances in blood transfusion
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Tommy Scanes/Debbie Smith
Session 9c
Theme: Balancing blood supply and demand
Venue: Seers Court 2
Chair: Pheello Lethola/Karen Dramat
Presenter Title Presenter Title Presenter Title
15:30-16:00 Sylvie Daigneault The increase of the demand for plasma products – a great opportunity – Adapting to the changes in the demand & the development of the Plasma donor lounge network. 15:30-16:00 Mike Busch Ethnicity, sex, and age are determinants of red blood cell storage and stress hemolysis: results of the REDS-III RBC-Omics study 15:30-16:00 Vernon  Louw  Iron physiology made simple
16:00-16:15 Hellen Malema The impact of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) on the rate of bacterial contamination of Apheresis Platelets 16:00-16:30 Hossam Fahmy Lyophilized growth factors
In the management of a chronic post-operative
Non-healing venous ulcer: a case study
16:00-16:15 Delene Duncan Is the increase in the Group O Day’s Cover bloodstock a result of a focused goal that was displayed on a visible scoreboard and instilled accountably and responsibility?
16:15-16:30 Willem Van Der Merwe Collection of hyperimmune rabies plasma at University Of Pretoria Onderstepoort Faculty of Veterinary Science Campus 16:30-17:00 Reuben Benjamin CAR-T cell therapy – moving into the mainstream 16:15-16:30 Daniel B Ndhlovu National quality assessment scheme for hospital blood banks in Malawi
16:30-16:45 Laurel Anderson A two-year retrospective review of adverse events in patients receiving clinical apheresis provided by SANBS  16:30-17:00 Britta Lohrke Blood is thicker than water, will it dry up too?
16:45-17:00 Eriana  Booysens  Investigation into the role Environmental Factors play in bacterial contamination in platelets
Session 10
Theme: Poster presentation Session
Venue: King’s Ballroom
Chair: Tommy Scanes
Social Function
Theme: Gala Dinner – Cuban theme
Venue: Greenhouse
M: Willem Hechter
Venue: Hotels
Session 11
Theme: Ethics Plenary
Venue: Warriors’ Hall
Chair: Greg Bellairs/Vernon Louw
Presenter Title
8:30-9:05 Ames Dhai Biobanks and Health Databases : Ethics and the Law. 
9:05-9:40 Judith Chapman ISBT Code of Ethics – ethical principles and rules to be observed in the field of transfusion medicine
9:40-10:15 Mark Sonderup/ Brian Custer Ethical issues around blood donor confidentiality
Session 12
Theme: Sponsors’ presentations
Chair: Ravi Reddy
10:15-10:21 Introduction Ravi Reddy
10:21-10:31 Diamond Ilex
10:31-10:38 Platinum Roche
10:38-10:45 Platinum Viking BCT
10:45-10:50 Gold Abbott Laboratories
10:50-10:55 Gold Adcock Ingram Critical Care
10:55-11:00 Gold Sitetech
11:00-11:05 Gold The Scientific Group
11:05-11:10 Gold Support Partner Courierit
11:10-11:15 Gold Support Partner Globeflight
Session 13
Theme: Congress Closure and Thanks
Venue: Warriors Hall
Chair: Marion Vermeulen