Public Cord Blood Bank

We are cord blood donors!

The first successful sibling cord blood transplant for Fanconi’s anaemia in 1989 paved the way for other sibling and unrelated transplants. There have now been over 50,000 unrelated and related donor cord blood transplants performed worldwide. These have demonstrated the efficacy of cord blood transplantation, even in cases where there is a minimal mismatch in between donor and recipient.

Cord blood is a good alternative source of blood stem cells to bone marrow stem cells. Unrelated cord blood transplants result in good outcome in children with blood cancers, Thalassemia and immune deficiency disorders.

In India several lives are being lost for want of a facility from where patients could avail matching stem cells.

In India, where every minute 29 babies are born, an equal number of umbilical cord blood units containing precious stem cells are being wasted.

What is a Public Cord Blood Bank ?

A Public Cord Blood Bank is one, where a family donates their baby’s cord blood , at no cost to them, for use by anyone across India, subject to HLA matching.

Why is a public bank needed?

It is needed in the following situations:

  1. No matching donor in their own family
  2. No unrelated donor in bone marrow registries
  3. An immediate requirement of blood forming stem cells.

Jeevan’s Public Cord Blood Bank proposes:

  1. To make available Umbilical Cord blood derived stem cells to patients in India either free of charge for the economically deprived, on a cost recovery basis for those who can afford and at the prescribed fee for those Indians living abroad.
  2. To offer cord blood units to advance medical research.
  3. To raise public awareness about stem cell transplant treatments.
  4. To raise public awareness about the need for a Public Cord Blood Bank and cord blood donation.
  5. To link Jeevan Stem Cell Blood Bank with the global network of cord blood registries.

Through Jeevan you could help make a difference by donating your baby’s cord blood. All you need to do is provide details about the current pregnancy, a few medical details and family history for certain medical conditions. Based on this information, your eligibility to donate is decided. Once collected, screened and found fit for storage, your baby’s stem cells will be stored as per international guidelines until needed by someone.