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Monitoring the international use of unrelated donors for transplantation: the WMDA annual reports


The World Marrow Donor Association Annual Reports describe the current status of the use of unrelated hematopoietic cell products worldwide. In 2008, almost 1.7 million individuals were recruited into unrelated stem cell donor registries and almost 78 000 cord blood units were added to the inventory increasing the total number of available stem cell donors worldwide to over 14 million. In 2008, there were 10 481 adult stem cell donations (3221 BM and 7260 PBSC donations) provided from stem cell donor registries in 38 countries. In 2008, 3529 cord blood products were provided from 21 countries. Although the number of BM donations has been stable over the past 10 years, donations of PBSCs and umbilical cord blood are increasing.

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The idea to collect data on the activities of the stem cell donor registries came from Professor Dr Jon van Rood. Susan Cleaver prepared the first edition of the WMDA Annual Report on behalf of the WMDA Donor Registries Working Group in 1997. The WMDA Office, WMDA Donor Registries Working Group and the WMDA Cord Blood Working Group are grateful that stem cell donor registries and cord blood banks worldwide provide their information annually. A CD-ROM with all information is available to the participating registries and interested WMDA members.

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Foeken, L., Green, A., Hurley, C. et al. Monitoring the international use of unrelated donors for transplantation: the WMDA annual reports. Bone Marrow Transplant 45, 811–818 (2010).

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  • hematopoietic SCT
  • unrelated transplants
  • stem cell donors
  • cord blood banking
  • stem cell donation

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