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Since 2010, the German Government has supported through KfW Development Bank the implementation of the Safe Blood Transfusion Programme in Pakistan with a total volume of EUR 25 million.
Under the Phase I of the project, with a budget of EUR 10m, 10 Regional Blood Centers were constructed and equipped across Pakistan, and 59 Hospital Blood Banks were equipped with modern blood bank equipment. A further EUR 10 million were provided for Phase II of the Programme, through which an additional 5 Regional Blood Centers are being constructed and 23 Hospital Blood Banks of the public and private sectors are being furnished with blood bank equipment. Furthermore, equipment for safe handling of waste and blood bank management information systems (soft- and hardware) are being installed at the facilities.
The overall goal of the project is to reduce the spread of transfusion-transmittable diseases caused by unsafe blood transfusions. The purpose of the project is to set up a safe blood transfusion system along the lines of international models by strengthening its organization and physical structure to enable safe blood transfusions in all provinces of Pakistan. The reform of the blood transfusion system will particularly benefit low-income population groups in both rural and urban areas, since the existing blood collection system is being replaced by non-remunerated voluntary blood donors. The project plays a vital role in the development of Pakistan's healthcare system as it improves supply of safe blood to both public and private health facilities. EPOS Health Management leads the consortium that has been implementing the project since 2010, supported by GOPA Consultants and Mediconsult as consortium partners.