Now more than ever, the importance of second chances at life

While the global community is managing through the Coronavirus, DKMS is continuing to provide lifesaving donations to patients all over the world. Therefore, we will continue our mission of encouraging people to register and to be available as bone marrow and blood stem cell donors.

Please note, as the situation with Coronavirus changes daily and globally, we will be updating this page frequently as information becomes available.

Importance of registration

Blood cancer patients around the world are still in urgent need of bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants and many are still not able to find a matching donor. This is why DKMS continues to encourage everyone that is able to register as a bone marrow or blood stem cell donor. We are grateful for every registration and you can still easily register online at www.dkms.org/register to order your swab kit to be sent to your home address.  

Protecting our donors

The health and safety of our donors is our highest priority. We will consider, on an individual basis, the circumstances for all of our donors who are asked to donate including their travel to a collection center. We will ensure the best and safest solution possible. Unfortunately, donors who live in high risk areas have to be blocked for search requests, as they are currently not eligible to proceed with a donation. We also have implemented screening for SARS-CoV-2 risks before entry to collection centers and before the start of a donation. These measures serve to protect the donor as well as the recipient and the employees in the collection centers. Health experts have confirmed that there is currently no evidence that the novel Coronavirus can be transmitted via blood, bone marrow, or stem cell products.

Transport of blood stem cell products

The majority of bone marrow and blood stem cell collections from DKMS donors travel across borders to patients in other countries. Due to the travel restrictions imposed by many countries we are in regular and close contact with all parties involved in the transport, as well as with the relevant national and international authorities and organizations. Despite the added difficulties that we are facing at the moment, as always we are determined to overcome all barriers in order to provide as many patients as possible with a second chance at life.

Other Ways to Help

There are many ways to support our fight against blood cancer.

Register today to take the first step toward giving someone a second chance at life.

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