Blood banks in Afghanistan gets support from WHO
Blood transfusions help save thousands of lives every year in Afghanistan. Given the intensifying conflict in many parts of the country, more people than ever rely on the availability of safe blood transfusion services. With the support of the EU's European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), the World Health Organization (WHO) supports Afghanistan’s blood banks to ensure safe and efficient services.
In the past year, thanks to funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), WHO has equipped 10 provincial and regional hospitals with necessary supplies to strengthen blood transfusion services and to enable them to gather, test, store and preserve blood safely and effectively. Plasma separation, which can be used to treat a range of diseases, had also not been available in Afghanistan before WHO and ECHO joined forces to strengthen the country’s blood banks. Now, a single unit of blood can be used to benefit several patients.
In addition to providing equipment and supplies to guarantee the effective and safe operation of blood banks, in the past year WHO has trained 31 blood bank staff from 19 provinces on plasma separation and safe blood transfusions.