- DATRI, India’s largest adult unrelated blood stem cell donors registry reaches a milestone, as they have enrolled their 300,000th volunteer donor from Vizag.
- Since 2009, the NGO has been relentlessly working towards saving lives of patients suffering from Blood Cancer and Thalassemia.
The 300,000th donor, Sampath Pavankumar Moturu, a 22 year old male who works in an MNC in Vizag said, “When I got to know that saving a life is so simple and harmless, I wanted to immediately register as a Blood Stem Cell Donor. Being the 3,00,000th donor to enrol with DATRI makes me feel special. I am now waiting for the day I can donate my blood stem cells to save someone’s life.”
Speaking about this proud moment, co-founder and CEO of DATRI, Raghu Rajagopal, said, “Having 300,000 volunteer donors registered with us is indeed a great achievement. We have come a long way from the time when it was a big challenge convincing our first donor with a one man army to being a team of dedicated professionals who work day and night to ensure every match found in our registry leads to a donation to save a life.”
Today, while DATRI alone has facilitated 338 donations across India as well as other countries, still there are over 1,500 patients registered with them who are waiting for an unrelated matched donor. There is an immense need to raise awareness on the importance of blood stem cell donation across masses. The only possibility of giving a new lease of life to people suffering from fatal blood disorders such as leukaemia, thalassemia, lymphoma etc. is to increase the number of donors so their chances of survival could increase.
A patient has only a 25 per cent chance of finding a matched donor from within the family. With a 1 in 10000 to 1 in over a million chance of finding an unrelated HLA genetically matched donor, we need more volunteer donors to sign up with the registry.
How does blood stem cell donation work?
- Blood stem cells are obtained using peripheral blood stem cells
- Peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) donation is one of two methods of collecting blood-forming cells for bone marrow transplants.
- The same blood-forming cells that are found in bone marrow are also found in the circulating (peripheral) blood
How does peripheral blood stem cell donation work at DATRI?
- Once you register with DATRI, your cheek cell sample (buccal swab) is sent for HLA typing. This is stored in our registry.
- If your HLA type matches with any patient looking for a match, you will be called upon to donate your blood stem cells to save the patient.
- A small sample of your blood is subjected to confirmatory typing.
- This is followed by a Master Health Check-up to make sure you are fit and healthy to donate.
- You will be given an injection called GCSF (Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor) for 5 days. This is to release your stem cells from the bone marrow into your peripheral blood flow.
- On the fifth day, your blood stem cells will be collected in a 4-5 hours outpatient procedure called Apheresis. Your blood stem cells are transported by DATRI to the transplant center. The transplant center doctor will transfuse your blood stem cells to the patient.
To become a donor, login to http://datri.org/join