01 March 2023 | Story Kian Terwin | Photo Supplied
bone marrow drive
From the left: Dr M Moller, Dr C Steyn (Clinical Haematology), Dr N Motloung, Dr J Malherbe (Head of Clinical Unit: Clinical Haematology), Dr A van Marle (Haematopathologist), Dr E Bowen, Dr Q van Staden, and Dr T Gutu

Every 72 minutes, someone in South Africa is diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder such as leukaemia, aplastic anaemia, and sickle cell disease. Often, a blood stem-cell transplant from a matching donor is their only hope for a cure.

The University of the Free State, in association with PathCare and DKMS Africa, will run a bone marrow donation registration drive from 1 to 3 March 2023. With this drive, we hope to set new records in bone marrow donation registration. The process is a simple, non-painful swab in your mouth and filling out a form that will take about two minutes.  

During this drive, blood stem-cell donors will be recruited for the DKMS Africa registry, so that patients in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant can find matching donors. Everyone (students and staff) is welcome and will be rewarded with chocolate for their registration. In addition, our goal is also to establish a community of well-informed and committed stem-cell donors.

The UFS hosted its first donor recruitment drive in October 2022, recruiting 434 donors. This was record-breaking, since other universities did not reach this number of registrations. We aim to surpass the previous year’s registrations, since recruitment will take place on the Bloemfontein Campus and in the Faculty of Health Sciences. 

The drive will take place on the following days:
Wednesday 1 March 2023:  Thakaneng Bridge 
Thursday 2 March 2023:   Thakaneng Bridge 
Friday 3 March 2023:  Francois Retief Foyer 

Let us fight THE FIGHT AGAINST BLOOD CANCER and other BLOOD DISORDERS. Come and register as a blood stem-cell donor. The more donors we have on the registry, the greater the chance of helping people who need a life-saving stem cell transplant. TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE.

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