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Blood Transfusion System(Technology Transfer), NRNA
Blood Transfusion System (Technology Transfer) Committee of NRNA (BTS-COM) NRNA Global Academy, is a body of Nepalese Diaspora professionals and social workers supporting in safe & sufficient blood transfusion service; primarily aligned to support, educates and facilitate innovative activities to strengthen safer blood transfusion service of Nepal. Current blood transfusion services in Nepal do not adhere to WHO minimum standards resulting in serious threat to health of patients. To address this challenge, BTS-COM, NRNA Academy has initiated international collaboration among the major stakeholders of Nepal: Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), Central Blood Transfusion Service (CBTS), National Beuro of Blood Transfusion System (NBBTS) and Sanquin Consulting Service, The Netherlands in 2017. A collaboration among these partners was formed to formulate a three-year strategic plan to identify and implement a quality system development process Nepal.
It is an iniative for upgarding the knowledge and sharing of issues related to blood for maintenance of quality of blood and donor care. It is conducted by zoom application online and in presence of Nepalease Experts and Professionals of Kathmandu Valley Onsite. It has been taken positive by NBBTS of NPHL. This is a form of distant education. It will be accrediet as refreshment course by different universities in Nepal in coming future.
 
The collaboration was initiated by NRNA with a technical collaboration from Sanquin Consulting Service, the Netherlands, CBTS Nepal, and funded by Total Business Initiative (TBl group). National Beuro for Blood Transfusion System (NBBTS) of Ministry of Health & Population (MOH) is the advisory of the consortium. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was agreed and signed on the 2nd Feb 2017. The three-year strategic plan elaborates a step by step improvement approach within CBTS. Within 2020 the ambition is to uplift the human resource of CBTS capable to implement basic quality standards of service and products. In the long run, BTS-COM of NRNA Global Academy to develop the different level of training and educative programs on BTS in regular basis. NRNA runs the programs in the social responsibility of diaspora Nepalese in collaboration with different national and international partners. 
 
NRNA has formed this committee in November 2017 in the chairmanship of Fanindra Panta. Currently, 27 team members from diaspora Nepalese residing in 19 different countries are directly working in the mission with the financial and expertise support of thousands of Nepalese abroad.
National Singer and Musician Shiva Pariyar and Singer and Nepal Idol Judge Indira Joshi has been appointed as Goodwill Ambassadors for the awareness mission!

  • - To provide essential support to BTS in Nepal in the innovative way to sort out the short supply of Blood for treatments in the hospitals. Thus, direct participation of diaspora Nepalese in life saving action in Nepal!
  • - To motivate public for the participation in blood donation as donors, volunteers and supporters.
  •  - To make sustainable Blood Transfusion System in Nepal.
  •  - To train/aware the health workers about the impacts of quality blood transfusion practice.
  •  - To provide technical assistance in the quality improvements project in the sector.
  •  - To act as catalyst in the implementation of nationally coordinated blood transfusion system with the reference of international experiences.
  •  - In government level: Policy advocacy in the development of transfusion practice. More preventive and efficient measures are to be taken by adopting new technology development for better healthcare in Nepal

 


Different blood donation events are going to be conducted within Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal with the coordination of NRNA BTS TT and NRCS to sort out the problem of short supply of blood in Nepal. It is our initiative approach to brings different stakeholders for improving the Blood Supply System in Nepal. Our Program Operation Officer Kunal Mishra is taking the lead for program in Nepal with the Technical support of NRNA BTS TT Committee and NRCS.

 

 

 

 


Betterment of Baglung Blood Bank

Baglung is a major  healthcare center for the people of Kali Gandaki valley in Dhaulagiri which is facing challenges of short  supply of blood. The Nepalese Diaspora in the Netherland has taken initiative to improve the existing Baglung Blood Bank to the level of well equipped Blood Bank to access the safe blood easily to meet the need of Dhaulagiri hospital. This BTS improvement project is implementing with the fund of 30 thousand euro which is funded by NRNA the Netherlands in the initiation of diaspora from Baglung, Magdi and Parbat!

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   Mobile Blood Bank Project of Bharatpur RBTS

“Chitwan Mobile Blood Bus Project" is a quality enhancement Project of NRNA BTS TT for Regional Blood Bank of NRCS Chitwan. Chitwan, a medical hub, is facing a lot of challenges for providing quality blood service time again. The project's cost is estimated about Rs. One Crore.We are super excited to get your helping hands to our project which will be accomplished in time by your great initiative. When we collaborate for the good cause like this, we can solve a problem of Nepal from its root and make it sustainable in long run.


Blood & Beyond, a webinar series for quality enhancement of professionals of Blood Transfusion System

"Blood & Beyond" is a webinar series on Blood which is being conducted by Scientific Team of NRNA BTS TT. This series will be conducted for 1 year as pilot project. It is being conducted on the last Sunday of every month. It has added the value of exchange of knowledge between Nepalese Diaspora Experts and Nepalese Professionals through online media. This has allured a lot of people toward betterment of Blood Transfusion System in Nepal. The collaboration of NRNA BTS TT and NRCS, Nepal Mediciti Hospital,  CHDS and Aspirenix  are leading this series of events. 


It is an iniative for upgarding the knowledge and sharing of issues related to blood for maintenance of quality of blood and donor care. It is conducted by zoom application online and in presence of Nepalease Experts and Professionals of Kathmandu Valley Onsite. It has been  taken positive by NBBTS of NPHL. This is a form of distant education. It will be accrediet as refreshment course by different universities in Nepal in coming future. Hence, it is being effective means to exchange the ideas for better blood management system in Nepal.

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Background:

It is a technical development program for quality system development in Blood Transfusion Service in Nepal, initiated by NRNA Netherlands 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 102 BTS Centres (BTSC) in 67 of the 75 districts of the country. Out of these 102 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, the 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 Donation” The team has 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.
 
Aims and Objectives:
The objectives are planned to meet in different phases.
* Support 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 the intellectual and technical support from Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation, The Netherlands.
* Review the existing status of blood centers in Nepal in terms of infrastructural facilities, human resources, managerial and technical aspects.
* Conducting 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.
* Support in the development of donor screening and diagnostic assays for safe supply of blood and blood products as per demand.
* Support in expansion of production of different blood products as per demand in Nepal’s medical and surgical context.
 
Team:
Dr. Manita Rajkarnikar (Director, CBTS), Nepal
Dr. Martin Smid (Managing Director, Sanquin Consulting Services), Netherlands
Mr. Shrawan Kumar Shrestha, (Project Co-ordinator for Nepal) Nepal
Mr. Ram K Shrestha, Nepal Dr. Saroj Ghimire, Switzerland
Mr. Thaneshwor Kandel, Netherlands
Mr. Ashwini Kumar Nepal, Netherlands
Dr. Janak Lal Pathak, China
Dr. Ravi Khadka, Netherlands/Ireland
Dr. Roshan Lal Shrestha. USA
Ms. Sita Shrestha, USA
Mr Sandesh Thapa, NRCS CBTS Nepal.
Mr. Thakur Prasad Sharma, NRNA NCC NL President
Mr.Surendra Koju, Lab Head , Blood Bank Unit , Dhulikhel Hospital , Kavre Nepal.
Mr.Shisheer Bhatta, TBi Group Nepal.
Mr. Fanindra Panta (Global Coordinator), Netherlands
Partners:
Technical Partners: Sanquin Consulting Services
Funding Partners: NRNA NCC NL, TBI GROUP Nepal-Bhaban Bhatta
 

 

Important Links

Contact us:

Netherlands :
Fanindra Panta
0031(0)6 42486868 f.panta@sanquin.nl; fanindra.panta@nrna.org
 
Marleen Raurus
Secretary , Sanquin Consulting Services
020-512 3680 m.ruarus@sanquin.nl
Nepal :
NRCS:
Dr Manita Rajkarnikar  Manita.rajkarnikar@nrcs.org
Shrawan K. Shrestha  Shrawanstha74@gmail.com
 
NRNA Headquarter
bts@nrna.org/977-014426005