15 06, 2019

Call for promoting voluntary blood donation culture


There is a dire need of promoting vol­untary blood donation culture in the country as it relies on family donors to sustain the transfusion system. It was very important to pro­mote the culture of voluntary blood donations in Pakistan as the country essentially relied on the ‘family do­nors’ to sustain the transfusion sys­tem. These views [...]

15 06, 2019

KP Blood Transfusion Authority completed Second Round of Inspections in Peshawar


The Second Round of blood bank inspections in Peshawar was completed earlier this month by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Blood Transfusion Authority (KPBTA). The Authority inspected 10 blood banks in Peshawar including Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital; North West General Hospital; Fatimid Foundation Thalassaemia Centre; Mercy Teaching Hospital, Frontier Foundation Thalassaemia Centre; Kuwait Teaching Hospital; Hamza [...]

15 11, 2018

Progress, achievements and challenges of IBTA reviewed


Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani chaired the meeting of the Islamabad based blood banks in the Health Ministry. The consultative meeting was organized by the Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA). The objective of the meeting was to introduce the Minister to the representatives of the licensed blood banks [...]

15 08, 2018

Training Course on Immunohaematology by KfW & SBTP


Immunohaematology studies the reactions that take place between antigens present on red blood cells and antibodies present in plasma. These techniques are an indispensable part of transfusion testing. Understanding principles of antigen antibody reaction in terms of red cell antigen and antibodies as well as developing skills in the various techniques available for antigen testing [...]

15 08, 2018

Cholesterol Management


By Fauzia Saeed, Psychologist/Counselor, Pakistan Red Crescent, Punjab Branch, Lahore Cholesterol is both good and bad. At normal levels, it is an essential substance for the body. However, if concentrations in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts people at risk of heart attack. Cholesterol is found in every cell [...]

15 07, 2018

Experts stress the need for safe blood transfusion practices


Clinicians and blood banking experts at a Seminar in Gilgit stressed the need for safe blood transfusion practices, haemovigilance and rational use of blood. The speakers also called for the introduction and promotion of blood safety standards, particularly in tertiary care hospitals, to pave the way for an adequate, efficient and cost-effective blood supply. The [...]

15 07, 2018

German Ambassador visited KfW funded Regional Blood Centre in Gilgit


German Ambassador H.E. Martin Kobler took the opportunity of his presence in Gilgit city to pay a visit to the Gilgit Regional Blood Centre on 9th July, 2018. He was accompanied by Ms. Marion Pfennigs, First Secretary and Mr. Keno Grade, Third Secretary from the German Embassy. Secretary Health, Saeed Ullah Khan Niazi, National Coordinator [...]

15 07, 2018

Dow University introduces NAT Technology for Safe Blood Transfusions


Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) introduced Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) technology for detecting and decreasing the risk of blood transmitted diseases like HIV, HBV, HCV, WNV, Parvovirus B19 and HAV. Vice Chancellor, DUHS, Prof. Dr. Saeed Quraishy inaugurated of first Blood Bank in public sector to adopt Real time PCR based NAT technology.  Senior [...]

15 06, 2018

Promotion of voluntary blood donation stressed


Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP), Islamabad to mark the World Blood Donor Day 2018 organised an impressive media briefing recently at a local hotel in Islamabad. The briefing highlighted the achievements of the SBTP in promoting voluntary blood donations and establishing an internationally recommended new blood transfusion system in Pakistan with the support of the [...]

15 05, 2018

KfW funded Regional Blood Centre operationalized in Jamshoro


Secretary Health Sindh Dr. Fazalullah Pechuho inaugurated a state of the art Regional Blood Centre in Jamshoro developed by the German Government. The Jamshoro Blood Centre is one of the 10 Regional Blood Centres developed by the German government as part of the establishment of a nationwide network of 10 modern blood centres in the [...]

15 05, 2018

Workshop held on Facebook Blood Donation Feature


The Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP) organized a joint workshop, on May 05, 2018, with the global social media giant ‘Facebook’ to introduce a new Pakistan specific Feature to promote voluntary blood donations in the country. The Facebook Feature will be launched in Pakistan and globally. The workshop participants included the representatives of the Blood [...]

15 05, 2018

International seminar on Halal Food at ICCBS-UoK


A one-day International Seminar-cum-Training Workshop on ‘Halal Food and Non-Food Science, Management’ was organized by Industrial Analytical Center of International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi in association with SANHA Halaal Associates, Pakistan recently at LEJ Campus, Karachi. The Seminar was attended by representatives of Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority [...]

15 04, 2018

Pakistan blood safety project is moving in the right direction – WHO


A senior level delegation from the World Health Organisation’s EMRO office visited Pakistan to get an overview of the blood transfusion system in the country. The delegation includes Dr. Franciscus Adrianus Konings, Regional Advisor, and Dr. Yetmgeta E. Abdella, Medical Officer, Blood Safety. The itinerary of the Mission included meetings with key stakeholders and visits [...]

15 03, 2018

20,000 children suffer rare blood disorders every year


Core Committee Members and health experts of Lysosomal Storage Disorders have said that an estimated 20,000 children were born with rare blood disorders in Pakistan every year. They have requested President, Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers and Health Ministers to support the patients of LSDs by providing the funds so that these victims can lead a [...]