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 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 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 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 03, 2018

SBTP team meets visiting KfW Mission in Sukkur


Ms. Stefanie Peters, Senior Project Manager KfW for Asia and Dr. Nachtnebel Mathias, Technical Expert along with Wolfgang Moellers, KfW Country Director, Dr. Masuma Zaidi, KfW Health Coordinator, Mr. Zahid Mehmood, National Team Leader EPOS Health Management held a meeting with Prof. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator SBTP and Usman Waheeed, Technical Expert, SBTP in [...]

15 09, 2016

SBTP Phase II Separate Agreement signed


The Separate Agreement for the SBTP Phase II was signed by Mr. Muhammad Ayub Shaikh, Secretary, M/o National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination in Islamabad. Dr. Masuma Zaidi (KfW), Mr. Zahid Mehmood (EPOS), Dr. Samra Mazhar (NHS,R&C) and Prof. H.A Zaheer (SBTP) were also present on the occasion. The Health Secretary appreciated the German government [...]

15 07, 2016

SBTP hailed for implementing blood transfusion programme


Safe Blood Transfusion Programme, Islamabad to celebrate World Blood Donor Day 2016 organised Seminar and Awards Ceremony at the Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad. Dr. Tariq Fazal Choudhry, Minister of State, Capital Administration & Development Division was the chief guest at the World Blood Donor Day celebrations whereas representatives from Dr. Kamran Ajaib from [...]

15 07, 2016

Agreement signed between Sindh Health Department and German Development Bank


On the directives of Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar , an agreement was signed between Sindh Health Department and German Development Bank here in Islamabad. Secretary Health Ahmed Bux Narejo and Masooma Zaidi from German Development Bank signed on the agreement. On this occasion Secretary Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority dr. Zahid Ansari [...]

15 05, 2015

Thalassaemia and Blood Transfusion System – Development of a National Thalassaemia Policy


Prof. Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme,  M/o National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination, Government of Pakistan The international thalassaemia community has designated May 8th as the World Thalassemia Day. The Day is celebrated all over the world to raise awareness about this disease, commemorate the thalassaemia patients who are no longer with us [...]

15 03, 2015

National Blood Policy and Strategic Framework launched


The Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP), Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, in collaboration with German partners organized a Dissemination Seminar in Islamabad for the dissemination of National Blood Policy and Strategic Framework (2014-20). The seminar was chaired by Minister of Health, Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar. It was well attended by senior officials [...]

15 08, 2013

Contracts awarded for construction of 10 Regional Blood Centres


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 [...]

15 06, 2011

Prospects of Service Delivery under BTS System Reform


A meeting was held recently in Islamabad to discuss the system reforms and the implementation of an action plan for standardized blood bank processes. Participants of the meeting included Dr. Masuma Zaidi from KfW – German Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Zahid Mahmood from EPOS Health Consultants, Lundy Keo from GIZ – German Agency for [...]