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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 29-31

Impact of regulation of blood transfusion services in Islamabad, Pakistan

From the Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority, Ministry of National Health Services, Government of , Islamabad, Pakistan

Correspondence Address:
Hasan Abbas Zaheer
From the Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority, Ministry of National Health Services, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2455-8893.178003

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The strengthening of the regulatory authorities is the backbone of the blood safety systems reforms being implemented in Pakistan. One of the key elements of this reform process is the re-activation of blood transfusion authorities (BTAs) to guide and steer the overall development of the blood sector in Pakistan. The success of these efforts will also help fulfill the government's international commitment in achieving the millennium development goals. The revived Islamabad BTA has in a very short time developed a very successful model of regulation based on constructive nonpunitive approach. A database of facilities providing blood services in Islamabad has been created, their registration and licensing completed and a system of regular inspections and re-inspections developed and capacity building of the technical and management staff conducted. In addition, as a result of strict adherence to the minimum licensing criteria, the standard of practices, equipment, manpower, and financial resource allocations of the blood centers in Islamabad have improved significantly in the public as well as the private sector. The successful demonstration of a practical model of regulation best suited to the prevailing scenario in Pakistan has provided a framework which will be followed in all confederating units through the provincial authorities.

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