Kenya launches blood donation campaign to bridge shortfall

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Kenya on Wednesday announced plans to collect additional blood from willing donors and distribute it to health facilities experiencing shortage.

Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) said in a statement that it will collaborate with stakeholders to ensure there is a sustainable supply of safe and adequate blood for transfusion to critically ill citizens.

“We intend to collect 1 million units of safe blood to Kenyans using international evidence-based best practices,” KNBTS said

KNBTS said that it collected 164,000 units of blood in 2019 yet there is a demand for blood for emergency purposes.

It said the government plans to spend 14 billion shillings (140 million U.S. dollars) annually to be able to obtain enough blood for supply to health facilities.

Currently, Kenya has 31 blood centers spread across the 47 counties and plans are underway to increase the centers to 50. Enditem

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