“This collaboration with HVO provides an exciting new opportunity for the BSH to support hematology colleagues in developing countries through short-term volunteer placements,” commented Professor Imelda Bates, Chair of the BSH Global Haematology Committee. “It will bring hematology professionals together to raise the standards of clinical care and laboratory practice, especially in countries with limited health care resources.”
Hematology-related diseases such as anemia, malaria, sickle cell disease and blood cancers contribute substantially to disease burden in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), anemia affects 1.62 billion people globally. Cancer – including blood cancers - is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with numbers estimated to continue increasing, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
“We are delighted to welcome BSH to HVO’s global community,” remarked HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. “As the burden of non-communicable diseases grows, HVO’s hematology program seeks to expand the knowledge and information available to health workers in resource-scarce countries to identify, treat and, where possible, prevent hematology-related disease. BSH and its members will provide essential education and professional opportunity to hematology care providers around the world.”
The British Society for Haematology has been bringing hematology professionals together since 1960 to transform the care provided to patients. With over 1700 members worldwide, BSH is the largest UK hematology organization and the only society to cover all aspects of the specialty. Learn more at