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National Baseline Survey on Monitoring and Evaluation of Blood Screening Systems in Pakistan

Hasan Abbas Zaheer and Usman Waheed

The objective of the national survey was to analyze all aspects of the blood screening system in blood banks in Pakistan. The survey tools were based on WHO evaluation framework for assessment, monitoring and evaluation of blood screening systems adapted for application in Pakistan. The survey documented quantitative (sample size 170 blood centers, both in public and private sector in all the four provinces and Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas) as well as qualitative aspects to the extent possible. A structured pretested questionnaire was used to collect the data. Statistical analyses were carried out by simple descriptive statistics using MS Excel 2010. The survey documented quantitative (sample size 170 blood centers, both in public and private sector in all the four provinces and AJK, GB, and FATA) and qualitative aspects to the extent possible. The findings of the survey provided a comprehensive situation analysis of the state of the blood screening system in the country.