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Building a Safer Blood Transfusion System in Pakistan


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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...

Family planning empowers women – a story from Pakistan


This is the story of a young woman in Pakistan. She has  4 children, and the pregnancies took place in quick succession.  Using condoms was against the pride of her husband. The young woman lives in poverty, and she is worried about the future of her children. On the advice of her neighbor, she visited the Dhanak Health Care Centre in her living area.  In a professional and...

Back in Turkey: EPOS kick starts EU project to support blood transfusion system


The transfusion of blood and its products saves millions of lives worldwide every day.  Access and timely availability of blood and blood products is essential to meet the demand. WHO's overall goal is for all countries to obtain all blood supplies from voluntary, unpaid donors by 2020. Governments must therefore promote policies and measures that create the infrastructure...

Modern methods improve family planning in rural Pakistan


For some years, the German government has been supporting reproductive health in Pakistan by funding projects which offer comprehensive family planning services. 25% of married women in Pakistan have an unmet need for family planning. Maternal mortality is estimated at 276 deaths per 100,000 live births, and infant mortality is 78 deaths per 1000 live births.  Financed by...

Telemedicine feasibility study in Afghanistan completed


EPOS recently completed a feasibility study for a telemedicine project in Afghanistan in order to support KfW in developing concrete projects related to innovations in the health sector.  The aim of the potential project is to improve the accessibility and availability of basic health services for the under-served and remote population. It should build on existing...