What we do

DKMS fights blood disorders, like Leukaemia, Aplastic Anaemia, Sickle Cell Disease to name a few, through the recruitment of blood stem cell donors and maintaining a registry of potential donors committed to helping anyone in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. We fundraise to cover the cost of education and awareness about the need for and the process to become a blood stem cell donor as well as to cover the cost of the HLA tissue-typing test involved in the recruitment of donors.

DKMS also maintains a patient support fund to assist patients who are unable to afford costs associated with getting to transplant as well as being actively involved in creating a platform for support structures to assist patients, families and communities.

Our core goal is to find a matching donor for everyone in need of a blood stem cell donation.

Our patient centric strategies are:

  • Donor diversity focus
  • Routine high resolution NGS HLA typing for donors
  • Ongoing fee restructuring to reduce costs
  • Funding support for patients and procedures
  • Provide quality procedures with predictable outcomes

The Challenge

South Africa and Africa generally has a very low number of registered donors, leading to too few patients finding a match and making it to transplant. Our vision is to save lives of individuals diagnosed with blood disorders by increasing the number of patients making it to transplant

The Solution

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Formerly known as The Sunflower Fund