The Bone Marrow Donor Programme
The Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) was set up in 1993 to save the lives of patients struck down with a blood disease such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma where a bone marrow transplant is their only hope to survive. We build and grow Singapore’s national register – finding patients a healthy donor from our database who is a DNA match and willing to donate their blood stem cells to save a life. That’s the good news – the challenge is that the odds of finding a perfect match are just 1 in 20,000 so hence we need a large pool of available donors. Awareness and education is a key pillar in all that we do and we work very closely with youth by empowering younger generations to own and carry this life saving message.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2019 programme
Operation cost – It cost 0 to add a new bone marrow donor onto the register and in 2019 we are hoping to recruit 17,000 which will cost the register more than million to achieve that.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
The BMDP’s outreach executive will be meeting team to conduct an introduction to the charity and it’s mission. Thereafter, regular meeting will be conduct to ensure that the team’s effort is in accordance to the timeline and successful execution of the project. The students will also be invited to activities and training that is happening along the way such as medical doctor sharing and donor patient meet up (if applicable) to allow the students to have a connection to the cause and to witness the impact of their work.