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Annual Tzu Chi Global Bone Marrow Donation Statistics

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Since its establishment in 1993, Tzu Chi’s bone marrow registry has helped patients in 28 countries receive life-saving bone marrow or stem cell transplants.

In 2002, Tzu Chi’s registry developed into the Buddhist Tzu Chi Stem Cell Center which operates a marrow donor registry, an umbilical cord blood bank, a recruitment group, and an immunogenetic research laboratory.
  • In total, bone marrow donations were held in 28 countries/regions.
    • From 1994-2012: 3,085 cases.
    • 2012 new cases: 354 cases.

Cases by Country (28 countries/regions in total)

Country Taiwan China Hong Kong Thailand Japan South Korea Malaysia Singapore
Count 1,072 1,303 89 65 38 193 15 87
Country USA Canada Germany England Netherlands France Switzerland Italy
Count 90 24 26 11 5 5 1 3
Country New Zealand Australia South Africa Israel Spain Sweden Denmark Norway
Count 4 30 1 3 2 4 1 1
Country Philippines Belgium Turkey Russia        
Count 8 2 1 1        


Cases with Overseas Donors: 18 Total (2 Countries)

Country Count Comments
USA 3 5/30/2003: Through the US National Marrow Donor Program (MNDP), Tzu Chi identified 2 matches that were subsequently sent to Taiwan. The bone marrow transplant operations for the 2 patients were carried out by doctors in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Linkou District, Taiwan.


7/20/2007: Through the People's Republic of China (PRC) Bone Marrow bank, the first 2 matches were found and sent to Taiwan. In 2011, Tzu Chi requested 3 donations from China.
Total 18

Data Source: Buddhist Tzu Chi Stem Cells Center
Translated by Kai Liang Nyoi
Edited by Dennis Lee


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