The SA Bone Marrow Registry says it has joined hands with the largest and longest-established private blood-bank in Africa, to make cord-blood more readily available to those in need of a bone-marrow transplant.
Deputy Director at the SABMR, Jane Ward says the partnership with Netcells will see cord-blood, one of three sources of blood-forming cells, used in life-saving bone-marrow transplants.
Ward says cord-blood is a viable alternative to conventional bone marrow or stem cell trans-plants.
(WATCH) As a parent of a child who is a two-time cancer survivor, mom Elrize Cornelius tells us why it is important to become a registered bone marrow donor and what signing up means to families like hers 💙 https://t.co/50r1DuyfPz
— SA Bone Marrow Reg (@sabonemreg) April 12, 2021
When registering as a stem cell donor your details are stored on the database for as long as you’re eligible to donate. It may be months even years before you get that call to say you're a match. Darren received that all-important call 20 years later. https://t.co/2mmMAB2iDi
— SA Bone Marrow Reg (@sabonemreg) April 9, 2021