Balochistan Blood Transfusion Programme


Baluchistan is the largest province of Pakistan covering an area of 347,190 (44% of the total land mass of Pakistan). The population of the province is approximately 14 million. For administrative purposes, the province is subdivided into 29 districts. The largest city, Quetta is the provincial capital.

There are a total of 67 public hospitals, including DHQ and Civil Hospitals and 78 Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHC). Quetta district alone has at least 32 public sector hospitals and 15 independent MCHC. A number of NGO blood centers function in Quetta. According to rough estimates, the collection of blood units in public sector blood banks in 2015 was 47,522 which corresponds to less than 10% of the estimated demand of 350,000 units in the province.

The budget of the provincial PC-1 Phase I was PKR 297 million through which one RBC was constructed in the Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta with a capacity of processing 50,000 blood donations per year. The budget for Phase II of the project is PKR 169 million. The Baluchistan Government approved a Safe Blood Transfusion Act in 2004, and notified a Blood Transfusion Authority which has yet to initiate its operations.