Sindh Blood Transfusion Programme


The province of Sindh, the second most populous province in Pakistan, comprises a population of 60 million with 24 administrative districts. The budget of the SBTP Phase I for Sindh was PKR 251.97 million through which four RBCs were constructed and equipped, one each in Karachi, Jamshoro, Sukkur and Nawabshah, to supply blood products to the linked 24 existing Hospital Blood Banks which have been upgraded and renovated for this new role. This infrastructure has just been completed and handed over to the Sindh DoH for operationalization.

The Sindh government is in the process of handing over these RBCs to the public sector Medical Universities and Colleges on the premises of which these Centers have been developed. The RBCs will thus be managed by the highly qualified Faculty members of the Pathology / Hematology departments.

This infrastructure has just been completed and handed over to the Sindh DoH for operationalization. The Sindh government is in the process of handing over these RBCs to the public sector Medical Universities and Colleges on the premises of which these Centers have been developed. The RBCs will thus be managed by the highly qualified Faculty members of the Pathology / Hematology departments.

In the Phase II of the project, 115.294 million have been earmarked. The plans for the province include re-designation of a number of large public and private sector blood centers in Karachi to become “SBTP Collaborating Centers” including the blood centers in Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Civil Hospital,Liaquat National Hospital, Husaini Blood Bank, Fatimid Foundation etc. Technical support to strengthen the Phase I RBCs and other sector will also be provided in Phase II.

Sindh was the first province to develop blood safety legislation in 1997. Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority was a constituted in 1998, under section 5 (1) of this Act. SBTA is functional and conducts registration and licensing of blood banks in the province. SBTA has registered 154 blood banks in Sindh, including 73 in the private sector, 35 in the Public sector and 46 in the NGO sector.

The Phase II also envisages up gradation of selected HBBs to perform the functions of a Regional Blood Centre. The selection of HBBs for up gradation to RBC would be based on the need assessment carried by the KfW consultant. The upgraded RBC will be independent and fully responsible for establishing an efficient and safe blood transfusion system within the network setup in the Sindh Province. The new up graded RBC will be linked with a number of existing Hospitals Blood Banks in its vicinity.