Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
6 May 2021
10:12 am

Black people urged to donate bone marrow for dying patients

Brian Sokutu

Many South Africans with diseases like leukaemia, yearly reached 'a critical point where the only possible cure is a bone marrow transplant'.

Demonstarion of extrusion of a bone marrow sample from hip bone. Picture: iStock

The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) is on a crusade to encourage black South Africans to donate, due to soaring numbers of people of colour dying from blood diseases and related cancers. Out of 74,000 registered donors, about 30% are people of colour: blacks, coloureds and Indians. According to SABMR spokewoman Sarah Belle Selig, the picture made it less likely that there would be a donor available for a black patient needing a transplant. Donating bone marrow, said Selig, has changed in the last few decades – making it faster, non-invasive and virtually painless for donors. Stellenbosch law graduate...