Bone marrow donation grows in Spain and reaches 434,000 donors

The bone marrow donation continues to grow in Spain. Despite the difficult circumstances of recent months, during the first eight months of the year, a total of 18,993 people have registered as marrow donors. With these new additions, the Spanish Registry of Bone Marrow Donors (REDMO), managed by the Josep Carreras Foundation in coordination with the ONT and the autonomous communities, already has about 434,000 people registered.

These data, collected by the National Transplant Organization (ONT) and REDMO, represent an increase of 4.5% in the number of registered as bone marrow donors as of August 31, 2020, and represent an average of 2,374 monthly incorporations (about 80 new donors a day).

Spain is rapidly approaching the 500,000 donors in 2022, in line with the objectives established by the National Bone Marrow Plan (PNMO). In this sense, our country has already exceeded, almost two years ahead of schedule, the 400,000 donors set as a goal for 2020. Currently, the global donor registry, which includes all national registries, has more than 37 million donors and 800,000 units of umbilical cord blood, among which international searches are carried out for any patient who needs it.

Since the Plan was launched in early 2013, the number of registered donors in our country has multiplied by four. In its last phase, PNMO adds among its objectives qualitative improvement, focused on rejuvenate the registry and in the incorporation of male donors.

Nowadays, 63% of all registered donors are women versus 37% of men. This trend continues during the first months of 2020: seven out of 10 new registries are female donors. However, the chances of a male becoming an effective donor are three times those of women, since they are the most requested by teams, as their donation is associated with better results after transplantation.

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