The Programme is supported by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through its Technical and Financial Cooperation components. The Technical Cooperation (TC) component is funded by GIZ [German Agency for International Cooperation] and is part of the GIZ Health Sector Support Programme. The TC component works to improve access to safe blood and blood products by providing advisory services concerning organization and governance of the system including Management Information System, Voluntary Non-Remunerative Blood Donations, Clinical Use of Blood, Legal and Regulatory Framework, Quality Management and Capacity Development. The outputs of the TC component over the last four years have strengthened the national blood safety system reforms process. The Financial Cooperation (FC) component of the project funded by KfW, the German cooperative bank, is responsible for the development of the new infrastructure which consists of constructing and equipping a network of Regional Blood Centres, and renovation and refurbishment of the existing Hospital Blood Banks.
The Safe Blood Transfusion Programme has also interacted proactively with the international blood transfusion community and developed strong linkages with many international partners. These include technical collaborations with the World Health Organization (WHO), International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM), International Haemovigilance Network (IHN), Global Blood Foundation (GBF), etc. WHO collaboration focus primarily on prevention of transfusion transmissible infections and activities conducted so far include quality management training workshops and development of national screening strategies and conducting national baseline survey on TTIs screening system, etc. Through WHO facilitation, USAID has sponsored the procurement of TTI screening kits for two years. The Programme is also negotiating to receive support from the Global Blood Foundation. The AATM has collaborated with the SBT Programme for the conduction of capacity building workshops on immunohaematology. In addition, there is regular participation from the Programme leadership in international conferences, seminars, etc. Foreign experts also regularly visit Pakistan, through the TC and FC component, and provide inputs in various aspects of the Programme development.