AJK Blood Transfusion Programme

The State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir comprises an area of 13,297 km2 , and has a population of 0.8 million residing in 10 districts. There are approximately 1880 hospital beds in the area. The total number of doctors is 702 including 411 medical officers, 69 dental surgeons, 174 specialists and 48 health managers.

Government of Pakistan with support from Government of Germany initiated the process of restructuring of the blood transfusion system in the country including in the State of AJK in 2010. The Phase I PC-1 of the AJK was worth 147.80 million PKR (FEC 48.08 million, LC 99.72 million). In the Phase I of the project, one large modern RBC was developed in Muzaffarabad and 6 existing HBBs in the city and nearby areas were upgraded and equipped through the German government grant. This infrastructure is now functional and is providing much improved services and safety standards. In the current Phase II of the project the blood center in DHQ Hospital Mirpur is being upgraded to an RBC.  The Phase II PC-1 is worth 65.72 million___ (FEC 12.83 million, LC 52.8 million).

The Regional Blood Centre is serving as blood procurement and distribution centre, ensuring quality systems to regulate all activities. Another important role being performed by the Centre is to mobilize voluntary blood donors, collect blood donations and conduct processing, screening, testing, component preparation and storage. The RBC supplies blood and blood components to the linked hospital blood banks which are performing the function of storage, compatibility testing, haemovigilance, and issuance to the wards.

The VNRBD activities in the RBCs are becoming very frequent and gaining momentum. Regular mobile camps are being organized and ‘walk-in donors’ are increasing in numbers. The reliance on family replacement donors is gradually decreasing and the concept of VNRBD is being promoted through blood camps, seminars and other promotional activities.   

Capacity building is a continuous priority of the Programme. Since the operationalization of the RBCs, the new infrastructure has become the hub of training activities. SBTP in collaboration with RBC has organized a number of training activities for all the different levels of workers in the RBCs. The highlight of the workshops has remained the evident enthusiasm of the participants who are always most eager to learn and willing to concentrate for long hours every day in the workshop to enhance their professional skills and knowledge.