In 2009, Gilgit Baltistan, with an estimated population of 1.8 million, was established as an independent province. The province was included in the National PC-1 which included the Islamabad Capital Territory, Federally Administered Northern Areas (G-B) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas. After the devolution of the Ministry of Health in 2011, Gilgit Baltistan was taken out of the national PC-1 and a separate PC-1 for the region was prepared and got approved from CDWP for the Phase I of the project. One RBC has been constructed in Gilgit through Phase I and was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Gilgit Baltistan and the German Ambassador in May 2016.
The RBC is linked with 6 hospital based blood bank located in DHQ Gilgit ,DHQ Chilas ,DHQ Gakuch, Gilgit medical center, Hunza Nagar and DHQ Astore. The Phase II of the project includes the construction of an RBC in Skardu. The RBC Skardu will be linked with six HBBs namely DHQ Hospital Skardu, DHQ Hospital Khaplu Ghanche, Civil Hospital Thoar, Abdullah Hospital, Civil Hospital Totti and Civil Hospital Keris Khaplu.
The Safe Blood Transfusion Act 2016 has been prepared though the technical assistance from GIZ. The draft bill is under consideration for approval. A Blood Regulatory Authority will be established once the Bill is enacted to regulate the transfusion services in the region.
The Gilgit Baltistan Health Strategic Reforms Plan is focused on basic system development processes as the overall governance structure of GB is still in the process of development/evolution. The strategic document indirectly address number of issues which once optimize would contribute in achievement of regulated, efficacious safe blood transfusion services in GB.