Owing to lack of funding and donor awareness, the SABMR grew more slowly for the next 7 years.
Unfortunately only 6% of the potential SABMR donors have been HLA-DR typed (Fig.
Following the recruitment of the first donors, the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) recognised the SABMR as the HUB centre for South Africa in September 1991.
In 1999 the first SABMR donor provided peripheral blood stem cells to a South African patient.
The growth and development of the SABMR is essential in our quest for donors, especially for patients of black African origin, and needs support from the public, donor funds, universities, private corporations and the government.