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Blood Prices Rise In Tajikistan Amid Talk Of New Donors' Law

DUSHANBE -- The price of blood has risen dramatically in Tajikistan, as parliament discusses a new law on blood donors and transfusions.

For example, prices for blood and frozen plasma have doubled in southern Tajikistan.

Jum'aboy Sanginov, a member of the Tajik parliament's lower chamber, tells RFE/RL's Tajik Service that the new law would impose stricter requirements for the health of blood donors, in an attempt to minimize tainted transfusions.

In a report in May 2008, the World Bank said the health systems in Central Asian countries have an "urgent need" to improve their blood-screening efforts.

"After rescreening samples from 7,500 donors, the results showed a clear and present danger that blood contaminated with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and syphilis may be entering into the countries' blood supply," the report found.