DONORS NEEDED

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Personal Story -

About 70% of pa­tients rely on an un­re­lated bone-mar­row donor. As the SA Bone Mar­row Reg­istry (SABMR) has a part­ner­ship with in­ter­na­tional reg­istries, most of th­ese matches for pa­tients are found abroad. This is be­cause SABMR only has 73 000 reg­is­tered donors, whereas Ger­many has 7,5 mil­lion, for ex­am­ple. Carey was only the 43rd un­re­lated donor used for trans­plant in SA. Matches are also usu­ally found within the pa­tient’s eth­nic group and, be­cause only 17% of SA’S reg­is­tered donors are black or coloured, more donors from th­ese eth­nic groups are ur­gently needed. Al­most any healthy per­son aged 18 to 45 can be a donor. E-mail donors@sabmr. co.za or call the SABMR on 021 447 8638.

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