The Government of Pakistan through support from the Government of Germany initiated the process of restructuring the blood transfusion system by following a centralized model. The Safe Blood Transfusion Programme was established which created a high visibility environment to promote a modern national blood transfusion system as part of its health services. Required resources for national and provincial safe blood transfusion programmes were defined and approved in PC-1s (project documents), while national and provincial commitment was enhanced by the German support through technical advisory services (GIZ) and the establishment of a network of fully equipped regional blood centres in strategic areas throughout the country (KfW).
The project design conceived in 2008 anticipated the forthcoming 18th amendment and the devolution of the subject of health to the provinces. It was, therefore, the policy decision of the Health Ministry to develop separate PC-1s for federal and provincial programmes. The devolution process in 2011 resulted in a shift from national to provincial level, however, keeping the National Coordination role through the Safe Blood Transfusion Programme. The SBT Programme has continued to scale up visibility through a series of strategy and training workshops on all aspects of blood safety.
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Published Date: 7-January-2018 Sunday
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