Ottawa Hospital to be first collection site in new public cord blood bank

A good initiative, starting in Ottawa, to help address the shortage of donors for stem cells. Quote:

OneMatch is currently trying to find matches for approximately 1,000 patients, but its match-success rate sits at 50 per cent, even with access to nearly 20 million donors worldwide and more than 500,000 sources of cord blood.

“The donors that we’re often not able to find a match for are very ethnically diverse and are (often) Aboriginal peoples — our First Nations, Inuit and Metis — because it’s such a unique population to Canada,” Smith said.

Smith hopes that will change once women understand what a donation could mean. Once the project starts, mothers delivering at the General and Civic campuses will be able to donate their cord blood.

Ottawa Hospital to be first collection site in new public cord blood bank.

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