: ‘’Promoting safe and
sustainable blood transfusion system in Nepal’’
It is a technical development program for
quality system development in Central
Blood Transfusion Service (CBTS), Nepal, initiated by NRNA in technical collaboration with Sanquin Consulting Service of the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation the Netherlands.
Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) is
one of the priority programs of the Government of Nepal (GoN). The Nepal Red
Cross Society (NRCS) started providing the institution‐based BTS through the
Department of Pathology at Bir Hospital in 1964 and the first BTS was
established as Laxmi Blood Bank in 1966. In recognition of the pioneering and
long service of NRCS, in 1992 His Majesty’s Government of Nepal (HMG/N)
mandated NRCS as the sole agency to conduct the blood programs in Nepal. A
national policy on BTS was then developed and approved by HMG/N through a
cabinet decision in 1993.
During the initial years, BTS in
Nepal was available only in Kathmandu but over the years, it has been expanded
to 100 BTS Centres (BTSC) in 67 of the 75 districts of the country. Out of these
100 centres, one is functioning as NRCS Central BTS Centre (CBTSC). At present,
BTS is being regulated by Central Blood Transfusion Service (CBTS) under Nepal
Red Cross Society.
The supply of safe and adequate
blood and blood products has remained one of the main goals of the National
Blood program. However, several limitations exist within the CBTS to reach the
goal in satisfactory levels. Among many, major limitations are the lack of
technical expertise and the state-of-art facility in preparation of blood products
required for any sort of demand. Additionally, in current situation the CBTS also
lacks the availability of latest screening assays for supply of safe and
quality blood or blood products. With the objective to uplift the standard of
BTS in Nepal, NRNA SKI teamed up with a
few Nepalese professionals working in different parts of the world. The team
aims to develop and establish a strategy for promoting safe and sustainable blood
transfusion system in Nepal with the motto : “Safe Blood Donation is Life
The team is developing technical
collaboration with Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation, the Netherlands. Its
technical expertise will be used for this project in such a method that the
Nepalese professionals and CBTS Nepal
can take the role over within some consecutive years of project operation.
The objectives are planned to meet in
for strategic planning and capacity building for the basic necessities of CBTS
Nepal to develop: “Centrally Coordinated
Blood Transfusion Service with the guarantee of Minimum Standard
Quality Overall the Country”, with technical and operational knowledge from Sanquin Blood
Supply Foundation, The Netherlands.
the existing status of blood centers in Nepal in terms of infrastructural
facilities, human resources, managerial and technical aspects.
research with the help of trained staff under Sanquin - CBTS training program
to Identify gaps between current practices and WHO recommended standards. Apply
the uniform methods for gradual improvements in the system.
in the development of donor screening and diagnostic assays for safe supply of
blood and blood products as per demand.
in expansion of production of different blood products as per demand in Nepal’s
medical and surgical context.
Dr. Manita Rajkarnikar (Director, CBTS),
Dr. Martin Smid (Managing Director, Sanquin
Consulting Services), Netherlands
Mr. Shrawan Kumar Shrestha, (Project
Co-ordinator for Nepal) CBTS, Nepal
Mr. Ram K Shrestha,CBTS, Nepal
Dr. Saroj Ghimire, Switzerland
Mr. Thaneshwor Kandel, Netherlands
Mr. Ashwini Kumar Nepal, Netherlands
Dr. Janal Lal Pathak, China
Dr. Ravi Khadka, Netherlands/Ireland
Dr. Roshan Lal Shrestha. USA
Ms. Sita Shrestha, USA
Mr. Himal Gurung, NRNA NCC NL President
Mr.Surendra Koju, Lab Head , Blood Bank
Unit , Dhulikhel Hospital , Kavre Nepal.
Mr. Fanindra Panta (Project Coordinator),
Sanquin Consulting Services, Sanquin Blood
Supply Foundation , The Netherlands & NRNA Professionals working in the
concerned field .
Requirement : Euro 70,000/- for one year program .
and Duration ( Direct ) : 15 Persons (on the job) per year . Total 250 staff
training Direct and Indirect in three years.
date of the Project : January 30, 2017
: Nepalese population. All over Nepal .
NCC NL, Fairfriends
Foundation Netherlands, NRNA ICC,
TBI GROUP Nepal.
www.nrna.org.np , www.sanquin.nl , http://www.nrcs.org/program/blood-services
Secretary , Sanquin Consulting Services
Shrawan K. Shrestha