Medically, the use of stem cells for transplant therapy is an alternative to curing hematological diseases. But to be a stem cell donor is quite difficult as well. Because of the limitation of very few stem cell donors with HLA tissue effect matched to the patients could be found. Since siblings of the same pregnancy have a 1 in 4 chance, they must use stem cells from non-relatives which is very rare or only 1 in 10,000.
In Thailand, the National Blood Center, Thai Red Cross Society has been commissioned by the Medical Council to establish the “Thai National Stem Cell Donor Registry: TSCDR) as a center for hematopoietic stem cell donor registration since 2002 to serve as center for procurement and registration of hematopoietic stem cell donors who are not relatives to the patient Including HLA tissue screening to increase the chances of patients receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Currently, there are 299,628 registered blood donors who are volunteer stem cell donors, but only 457 have donated stem cells to patients, and there are still patients waiting for stem cell transplants of 2,407 cases, including acute leukemia patients, chronic leukemia, Thalassemia, bone marrow atrophy Lymphoma, etc.
However, despite the number of patients who have found a donor with matching HLA tissue, they still cannot be treated with a stem cell transplant due to the poor or underprivileged patients in stem cell transplantation because the cost of treatment is as high as 2,000,000-3,000,000 Baht per person. Thus, causing patients to lose opportunities for continuing their treatment course.
Thai Red Cross Society by the Fund Raising Bureau, we would like to invite you all those who are charitable to be part of our project "Contribution to help patients with stem cell transplants" for patients who are the poor or underprivileged to have opportunity to access stem cell transplantation treatments and have a better quality of life.