ISLAMABAD – The US Government has donated a two-year supply of blood safety kits to the Government of Pakistan to support Pakistan’s national blood transfusion programme in order to ensure 6 million safe blood transfusions.

The 115,000 kits were presented by Karen Freeman, Acting Country Director for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), to Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Secretary of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Thursday at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

The kits will be distributed to the public and private sector blood banks to ensure more than 6 million HIV and Hepatitis-free blood transfusions across the country over the course of the next two years.

The donation is estimated at $3.4 million.

“This support will enable Pakistan’s public and private sector healthcare institutions provide safe blood transfusions, thus helping ensure the delivery of quality health services to the people of Pakistan,” said Karen Freeman during the handover ceremony.

“This is yet another example of the U.S. Government’s long term commitment to support Pakistan’s development priorities.”

This support is part of a much larger $100 million, USAID project that strengthens the Pakistan health sector’s ability to deliver health commodities to those in need. Under this project, USAID has recently completed renovation and expansion of the Government of Pakistan’s central medical commodities warehouse in Karachi.

Through this project, USAID will install computerized logistic networks in all 143 districts in 2012 to help prevent shortages of medical commodities.

It is expected that pilferage, leakages, rationing and corruption will be minimized within the medical commodity supply chain as result of these improvements.

As part of this project, USAID also funds medical supplies and equipment for federal, provincial, and district governments throughout Pakistan.

Imtiaz Inayat Elahi thanking the U.S. for its valuable support said these screening kits would play a vital role to blood safety to the people of Pakistan.