A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department and German Development Bank (KfW) regarding the second phase of Safe Blood Transfusion Program. In this connection a ceremony was held here in health secretariat on Tuesday with provincial Senior Minister for health Shahram Tarakai as chief guest. The MoU was signed by Secretary Health Mohammad Abid Majeed and Project coordinator KfW Dr. Masooma Zaidi.
According to the MoU KfW will provide financial assistance for the establishment for Regional Blood Centers (RBCs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a capacity of up to 20,000 blood donations per year while the provincial health department will act as Project Executing Agency (PEA). KfW will also provide assistance for the procurement of medical laboratory equipment in those RBCs and in additional twelve Hospitals based Blood Bank (HBBs). Other areas of financial assistance by KfW include Waste Management and Disposal System, Management Information System, Technical and Management Training for the RBCs and HBBs, equipment maintenance and consultancy services etc. The project will cost approximately EUR 4.42 million out of which the KfW contribution will be to the tune of EUR 3.41 million. The time schedule for the preparation, implementation and operation of the project is 36 months from the date of signing of agreement.
The Health Department being the project executing agency shall be responsible for the overall supervision of the project through a Project Monitoring Unit (PMU).
The Health Department shall notify a construction tender committee, launch the tender, endorse the tender evaluation report, sign contracts and approve payments to the contractors for the construction of the RBCs and nominate an authorized representative who shall be responsible for overall project implementation and cooperation with KfW.
Speaking on the occasion, Shahram Tarakai termed the signing of MoU as a milestone achieved in the safe transfusion of blood and said that the project when completed will regulate blood transfusion in the province, ensure safe blood to the needy ones and thus help save precious human lives. He highly appreciated KfW for its cooperation being extended to the provincial government for improving health care service delivery in the province and assured full support of his government in the smooth completion of all such projects.