Our Mission

Our mission is to save lives by recruiting and providing matched unrelated donors for bone marrow or stem cell transplantation to all Armenian and non-Armenian patients worldwide suffering from leukemia or other life-threatening blood-related illnesses. Due to the unique genetic make-up of Armenians, it is nearly impossible to find suitable matches among the existing international registries.

Hence the importance of maintaining a registry that would help facilitate recruiting and identifying matched unrelated bone marrow donors for ethnic Armenians.

Only 25% of patients inflicted with leukemia or other life-threatening blood disorders find donors within their families. The other 75% of patients’ lives depend on finding a perfectly matched unrelated donor.

 

How We Work

 

  • Donor recruitments through walkathons, patient-specific donor drives, and participation in community events.
  • Community outreach and education through social media, newsletters, and participation in community events.
  • Facilitation of stem cell transplants by matching donors to those suffering from life-threatening blood-related illnesses.
  • Autotransplantation procedures at our Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan.
  • Stem cell and cord-blood harvesting and cryopreservation at our Stem Cell Harvesting Center.
  • Research and development of new therapeutic technologies at our Stem Cell Harvesting Center.
  • Fundraising through a variety of annual ABMDR events.
  • Compliance with international standards through membership in world medical agencies and accreditation by the European Federation of Immunogenetics and Histocompatibility.
  • Participation in international conferences and seminars in the fields of immunogenetics, stem cell research, and bone marrow transplantation.

 

Our Goals

 

  • Maintain and continuously expand our registry and donor data bank.
  • Coordinate and process patient search requests and provide marrow or stem cell matching services for potential bone marrow transplant recipients.
  • Raise funds to type all donor samples.
  • Continuously expand the capabilities of our Stem Cell Harvesting Center in Yerevan through research and development of new therapeutic technologies.
  • Increase the number of autotransplantation procedures through our Stem Cell Harvesting Center.
  • Establish a full-fledged bone marrow stem cell transplantation center in Armenia.
  • Educate Armenian families worldwide.
  • Expand into new countries with sizable Armenian communities.