The Department of Health, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK had signed contracts worth Rupees 481 million for construction of 10 Regional Blood Centres (RBCs) with the support of EPOS.
The state of the art new 10 Regional Blood Centres will be constructed at Peshawar, Multan, Bahawalpur, Karachi, Jamshoro, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Quetta, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit by end of 2014.
In the framework of Development Cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Government has committed Euro 17 million – PKR 1,689 million (KFW 15 million & GIZ 2 million)for Financial Cooperation (FC) through KFW. KFW will invest the commitment for constructing and fully equipping these centres according to international standards thus contributing to the reform plan of the Pakistan blood service programme. The provincial Governments will contribute Rupees1,308 million as recurring cost of the new blood system.
The overall objective of the project is to provide the population with a better access to safe blood transfusion services and blood products in all the provinces and the state of AJK by strengthening its organization and physical structure.
During a five year project phase (started in September 2010), a) 10 new Regional Blood Centres (RBCs) would be constructed and equipped, b) up to 60 hospital blood banks to be attached with RBCs would be provided needed blood storage equipment, c) management information system for 10 RBCs would be procured and installed and d) training for operation of the RBCs, equipment operation & maintenance, waste management and computerised information system will be financed through KFW.