Australian aid to Nepal Red Cross Society
The Government of Australia has provided health equipments worth Rs. 2.25 million through its Embassy’s Direct Aid Programme 2012/2013 to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS).
Damien Dunn, the Australian Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission, on Wednesday handed over 15 units of serological centrifuges to the Central Blood Transfusion Service (CBTS) of the NRCS represented by Sanjeev Thapa, Chairman of the NRCS, the Australian Embassy, Kathmandu stated in a press statement.
The CBTS, which functions as the central authority on blood transfusion-related services across the country, also plans to distribute some of the equipments to blood banks outside Kathmandu valley to upgrade regional services.
The Australian government had also supported the establishment of CBTS in 1966. The centre currently handles over 130,000 units of blood and blood product services and the demand for its services is rising.
Australia’s Development Assistance Program to Nepal has grown in recent years, reaching to 31.5 million AUD in 2012/1013 with a focus on health, education, and rural livelihood.