DKMS BMST Foundation India and Acharya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru joined hands to help blood cancer patients

Over 300 students of AIT and professors registered as stem cell donors

Bengaluru, 10th January 2023: DKMS BMST Foundation India, a non-profit organization dedicated to fight against blood cancer, organised a blood stem cell donor registration drive at Acharya Institute of Technology, Bengaluru (AIT) organized by Department of MBA, in association with NSS, AIT. Over 300 students including NSS students registered themselves as potential lifesavers. 

Over the next 2 years, DKMS BMST Foundation India and Acharya Institute of Technology will work closely together to help blood cancer patients by registering more potential stem cell donors and raise awareness about this noble cause. 

Patrick Paul, CEO, DKMS BMST Foundation India, said, “Often a blood stem cell transplant from a matching stem cell donor is the only chance at survival for blood cancer and blood disorder such as Thalassemia and Aplastic Anemia patients. A successful blood stem cell transplant needs a perfect HLA tissue match. Every year over 1 lakh people are diagnosed with such life-threatening diseases in India and with the increasing burden, more and more Indian patients are looking for matching stem cell donors., we aim to raise awareness about blood stem cell donation through this association with AIT.  we hope that the student community will further strengthen our mission and help save more lives.” 

Dr. Rajath Hegde M M Principal, Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT), said, “Today’s younger generation have huge potential and a great zeal to empower and encourage others to contribute to a noble cause. After all, saving a life is as important as giving a new life. We as an institution are so proud to be a part of this cause and will continue help raise awareness amongst public to come forward and register as a stem cell donor”.

Prof. Marigowda, Vice-Principal, Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT), said, “We support the foundation in all possible ways. We are inspired by their mission of giving second chance at life to blood cancer patients and we hope that our association can help many more patients in their fight against such life-threatening diseases.  I appreciate the entire student coordinators and volunteers and DKMS-BMST for the effort they are putting in this noble cause.”

The blood cancer awareness programme and donor registration drive were organized by Dr. Juin Choudhury, HOD-MBA and coordinated by Dr. Nijaguna G, Prof. Monica M, Assistant Professor, Dr. Prashanth KP, NSS officer, Prof. Channakeshava and Dr. Sanman, NSS Coordinators. The team of Students volunteers were identified and trained to drive the students to attend the programme. 

During the registration drive one of the students said “I am feeling extremely happy, and proud of the fact that I have registered as a potential stem cell donor by a simple process of giving my swab samples. I am also delighted that that so many students have come forward and registered for this worthy cause. DKMS-BMST very clearly elucidated the whole process, which has given us complete clarity. I am hopeful that someday I may also get a chance to save a precious life. This is a great cause, and I will continue to volunteer and raise awareness on blood stem cell donation.”

Every 5 minutes, someone in India is diagnosed with blood cancer, or blood disorders like Thalassemia or Aplastic Anemia, which is becoming a major public health challenge in our country. A blood stem cell transplant from an HLA matched donor is an effective treatment for long term management of the disease and for improving the quality of life of the patient. However, 70% of the patients are unable to receive a transplant due to unavailability of matching blood stem cell donor from within their family and are dependent on an unrelated HLA matched donor. With very few individuals signing up as potential blood stem cell donors, the probability of finding an HLA matching donor is extremely difficult in most cases.  Therefore, it is important that more and more people of Indian ethnicity come forward and register as a potential stem cell donor.

Registration process:

Interested citizens between 18-55 age-group can register at:  dkms-bmst.org/register

All it takes is five minutes of your time and a simple 3 step process: 

Step 1: Visit the site, fill up an online form and you will receive a DIY swab kit at home. 

Step 2: Once you receive the swab kit, fill out the consent form and take a tissue sample from the inside of your cheeks with 3 cotton swabs provided in the kit. 

Step 3: Send back your swab sample in the pre-paid envelope provided.

DKMS laboratory will then analyze your tissue type and your details will be available in the global search for blood stem cell donors. If you do come up as a suitable donor, DKMS-BMST will get in touch with you straight away. Your blood stem cells will be collected from the bloodstream via Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection process, which is similar to a blood platelet donation wherein only your stem cells are taken. This is a safe, non-surgical outpatient process. 

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