The Foundation uses a network of internationally recognised sources, from where screened blood, human rabies immunoglobulin and rabies vaccine, may be dispatched to members anywhere in the world in an emergency.
The blood sources are The Swiss Red Cross, Sanquin in the Netherlands, NHSBT in the UK, and OneBlood in Florida, USA.
Once our alarm centre receives a confirmed call from a member in need of our services, or from the attending doctor, a courier is despatched from the closest blood bank on the next available scheduled flight with the blood. Scheduled flights go to most places these days and are generally far quicker to organise than charters and will usually get there faster. The blood is packaged to internationally approved standards and can remain within the temperature range of 2-10ºC for up to 36 hours or longer depending on the requirement.
For rabies treatment, due to the difficulty of obtaining supplies in an emergency, the Foundation holds its own stock of Human Rabies Immunoglobulin with rabies vaccine in London, for immediate despatch to the patient.