The 2015-2016 period has been a time of celebrations and milestones for the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR). Our organisation, which exists to find matched unrelated bone marrow donors for critically ill South African children and adults, has seen the retirement of its pioneering co-founder and Medical Director, Professor Ernette du Toit, and the appointment of Dr Charlotte Ingram as Medical Director.
In January 2016, the SABMR achieved Qualification Status with the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). The is the first step in the process of becoming accredited with the WMDA. Discovery Health are thanked for providing the funding to enable us to achieve this goal.
In September 2016 we marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of the SABMR with an event at the V&A Waterfront and the publication of a book, An Uncommon Gift: The story of the South African Bone Marrow Registry and the lives changed by stem cell donation.