Donor Recruitment Drive to Tackle the Lack of Marrow Donors from Minority Ethnic Groups in Singapore

Match for Life is Bone Marrow Donor Programme’s (BMDP) annual campaign that seeks to raise awareness to fulfil their promise of finding a donor for every patient. This year, the campaign’s goal is to reach out to minority ethnic groups and encourage them to join as marrow donors as they are severely under-represented in the BMDP register.

Headlining this year’s Match for Life recruitment drive is the first-ever in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic, which hopes to increase its register with more minority group donors. In this campaign, Match for Life will spotlight an inspiring story of an individual who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at 34 and successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2014.

For these beneficiaries, the bone marrow transplant journey started when donors registered as bone marrow donors. One of the beneficiaries celebrated this year is Ms Miranti Adriani, 41, a beneficiary of a bone marrow transplant from a BMDP donor. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia when she was 34 and successfully underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2014. Ms Miranti Adriani is just 1 of more than 988 patients who have received a bone marrow transplant since 1993.

The Match for Life 2022 will happen this November. BMDP will be rolling out a series of activations across various platforms. These activations aim to encourage individuals from minority groups to be part of BMDP donors:

  • Awareness talks and recruitment drives at participating corporates and organisations
  • Roadshows with educational exhibition panels at Canberra Plaza (24-30 Oct), East Point Mall (7-13 Nov), Buangkok Square (14-20 Nov), Paya Lebar Quarter (21-27 Nov) and Yew Tee Point (24-30 Nov)
  • Community outreach at Woodlands, Marsiling, Yew Tee and Pasir Ris residential areas
  • Virtual sessions on Cheek Swabs by BMDP ambassadors and Marrow 101 by students from Singapore Polytechnic

To sustain conversations and awareness around the importance of bone marrow donations beyond Match for Life 2022, BMDP will also be engaging the public through education. This will provide the public with an immersive educational journey on the bone marrow donation process, from the cheek swab to the transplantation.

Play your part today and learn more about bone marrow donation in Singapore by joining these roadshows! You can also find out more about bone marrow donation in Singapore here.

Images: Bone Marrow Donor Programme

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