NBTS Strengthens delivery of safe blood transfusion services in Tanzania

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) is a programme under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW). Its mandate is to collect blood from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors, and process and distribute blood to all hospitals in Tanzania. Since its formation in 2004, NBTS has been running a program with limited basic infrastructure and skilled personnel, impeding its ability to collect adequate blood from the voluntary donors.
Since 2010, Management Science for Health (MSH), under the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) funded Tanzania Institutional Capacity Building (TZ-ICB) project, has been providing targeted technical support. The project has engaged with NBTS staff and others with the aim of building ownership and achieving sustainable results. The technical assistance strategy was informed by a diagnostic phase and participatory assessment, where several leadership and management gaps were identified and action plans were developed to address them. Results have included the overhaul of the NBTS organizational infrastructure, strengthened leadership practices, and improved capacity to respond to emerging health problems, scale up, and sustain delivery of blood transfusion services.

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