A new sibling cord blood donor programme giving potential future hope to disadvantaged families with children suffering from leukaemia, aplastic and Fanconi’s anaemia, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia or other diseases treatable with stem cell transplants.
The Netcells ‘Families of Hope’ CSI programme aims to help and improve poor and disadvantaged families’ access to stem cell banking if they have a child with a stem cell-treatable disease.
With a 1 in 4 chance that full biological siblings will be a genetic match, a stem cell transplant could potentially provide a cure.
This way, we hope to expand the opportunity to families who are faced with life-threatening diseases treatable with stem cells, but cannot afford to save their baby’s precious stem cells at birth.
If a disadvantaged child requires a bone marrow stem cell transplant, and his/her mother is pregnant and expecting a full biological sibling (ie same father), Next Biosciences will facilitate the collection of the umbilical cord blood at the time of delivery. We’ll then transport the umbilical cord blood to our laboratory to be processed, tested and stored.