The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) moves ahead in improving the tissue-typing quality of its donors and recruiting its own donors

The only bone marrow registry in Africa with World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) Qualification status, the SABMR is now recruiting its own donors and better typing all donors on the Registry, as well as raising funds to support these activities.

CAPE TOWN – An internationally recognised registry with a 27-year track record of meeting transplantation requirements, the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) is moving ahead to improve the quality of the tissue typing of donors on the Registry, by using more recent sensitive technology available. This will make the matching of donors for patients in need of transplant more accessible and a faster process.

As Dr Charlotte Ingram, SABMR Medical Director, explains, 'Better typed donors on the database will shorten the time it takes to find a match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. We will be working on increasing both the quality (better typed donors) and quantity of donors on the Registry to find the life-saving match faster.'