BSSP: Ethiopia National Blood Bank Service

Location: Addis Ababa Centre

The National Blood Bank Service of Ethiopia’s (NBBS) mission is to ensure the availability of safe and adequate supply of blood and blood products to all Transfusing Health facilities in Ethiopia. The NBBS Office is the non-profit governmental organization established with core function of community mobilization & education on voluntary blood donation, blood collection, laboratory processing, testing & production of blood, distribute to health facilities, and promote appropriate clinical use of blood, research & capacity building in BTS. The NBBS was established in 1969 by Ethiopian Red Cross society but since 2004 has been transferred to the Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia. Its main center is located in Addis Ababa and it has also the responsibility to oversee, support and monitor the activities of regional blood bank in the country which are administratively under their respective regional health bureaus.

The NBBS have received all their hardware and consumables and are in the process of completing their performance qualification. This “go live” is scheduled for August 2017. In the meantime Jembi continues to provide ongoing support with validation activities.