As part of the celebrations of World Bone Marrow Donor Day, new applicants can apply at the Prague Zoo
Every year, approximately 270 people undergo a bone marrow transplant in the Czech Republic. Of these, only 70 bone marrow donors can be found within the family. The remaining 200 patients are therefore referred to a suitable donor from the database. However, out of any number of patients with hematopoietic disorders, one in four patients will not find a donor at all.
In addition, as a result of the pandemic last year, mass outdoor recruitment was completely banned, which means a greater effect on the number of newly registered donors who are ready to save another person’s life. Their number halved when only 5,275 entered the register. Not only the capital is trying to change this current situation.
Every third Saturday in September is World Bone Marrow Donor Day. This year, Prague will join it by recruiting new volunteers to the register of bone marrow donors.
The condition for admission to the register is primarily the age from 18 to 35 years, good health, not taking any drugs permanently (including contraception and drugs for seasonal allergies), weighing more than 50 kilograms and being registered with your Czech health insurance company.
There is no medical procedure part of the recruitment, only a form is required and you can prove it with an identity card and a health insurance card. Only the sampling, which is performed with an oral swab, will follow.