How bad is it for ethnic groups

According to statistics from Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec, the Canadian national bone marrow registries, Caucasians will almost always find a match. But Latinos, Asians, indigenous peoples, South East Asians and those from black communities are left very exposed. Why? Because all these communities are under-represented in the worldwide stem cell donor registries. That’s basically saying that of two people with the exact same disease, the person who isn’t white has a much smaller chance of surviving. And at Swab The World, we simply cannot accept this.

Composition of registered stem cell donors in Canada

Composition of registered stem cell donors in Canada
(Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec, 2017)

 


Other Questions

Worldwide donor registry?

What’s this umbilical cord business?

What if I say no?

What are the odds of actually donating stem cells?

Can I give to a specific person?

Age restrictions? But whyyyy?

Is it going to hurt?

I’ve heard young men make better donors. Isn’t that a tad sexist?

How does donating work?

Bone marrow, stem cells, spinal cord: what’s the diff?

What diseases can be treated by stem cells?