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Kenya plans to partner with the private sector in order to achieve World Health Organization (WHO) optimal blood supply levels, officials said on Thursday.

Josephine Githaiga, chief executive officer of State-owned Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS), told journalists in Nairobi that the WHO states that the amount of blood required to sustain an adequate level of health should be 10 units per 1,000 people or 1 percent of the population.

“This means a country with Kenya’s population size would require approximately 450,000 units of blood to be collected annually but Kenya on average collects between 160,000 and 180,000 units of blood per year,” Githaiga said.

She added that in order for Kenya to achieve blood sufficiency, it will tap on the expertise of the the private sector to rollout a blood donor management and retention program.

“The intention is to encourage first-time donors to transition to regular voluntary non-remunerated blood donations and establish a stable donor pool,” she added.

According to the blood agency, up to 80 percent of all blood donated to the country comes from school going children with the rest coming from adults. Enditem

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