Partner Organisations

Partner Organisations

Organisations that we have formal / informal relationships with:

  1. SABMR – South African Bone Marrow Registry
  2. SANBS – South African National Blood Service
  3. WPBTS – Western Province Blood Transfusion Service
  4. PATHCARE
  5. CANCER ALLIANCE
  6. ACS & LAF – American Cancer Society And Lance Armstrong Foundation

SABMR – South African Bone Marrow Registry

The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) was established in 1991 by Professor Ernette du Toit and the late Professor Peter Jacobs.  The SABMR is responsible for maintaining a database of healthy potential South African donors.  These donors are willing to donate haematopoietic (blood forming) stem cells for patients, who need a bone marrow transplant for a life-threatening haematological disorder but who do not have a suitable family donor.

The Sunflower Fund (TSF) assists the SABMR by raising funds to increase the awareness of the need for matched unrelated stem cell donors.   TSF also manages all aspects of the recruitment of suitable donors for listing on the database of the SABMR.

The SABMR conducts highly specialised local and international searches to find suitably matched unrelated donors for patients treated in South Africa.  SABMR has also been privileged to assist patients from overseas countries to find a match.

Having provided donors to both local and international patients, SABMR is considered a full participant in a programme of 75 similar stem cell donor registries from around the world which provide unrelated stem cell donors to patients.

The Sunflower Fund (TSF) assists the SABMR by raising funds to increase the awareness of the need for matched unrelated stem cell donors.   TSF also manages all aspects of the recruitment of suitable donors for listing on the database of the SABMR.

SANBS – South African National Blood Service

SANBS do all the analyzing and testing of blood from those registering as donors on the SABMR. SANBS clinics throughout KZN, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West Province and Northern Cape.

In addition to routine blood donor clinics scheduled by The South African National Blood Service (SANBS), there are a number of special services of which you can participate in special bleeding programmes aimed at addressing specific needs.

These include:

The Blood Service and Bone Marrow Donation:
In some centres SANBS collects peripheral blood stem cells from donors identified through the SABMR, in addition to testing and registering potential bone marrow donors. A registration cost does apply.

WPBTS – Western Province Blood Transfusion Service

We also work closely with WPBTS, accompanying them on specific blood drives to recruit bone marrow stem cell donors.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a non-profit, independent organisation operating throughout the Western Cape. We work without prejudice to supply safe blood and blood products to all communities in the region, from Cape Town all the way up to George. It’s our goal to be the benchmark transfusion service in South Africa – and we’re getting there, with the help of our dedicated donors.

NHLS – National Health Laboratory Service

NHLS and SANBS do all the analyzing and testing of all our blood samples and we pay them for this service.

The SANBS also act as donor collection points for us throughout KZN, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West Province.

Pathcare

Pathcare do all the analyzing and testing of blood samples in the Western Cape as well as blood samples drawn from their depots in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Namibia.

Cancer Alliance

The Sunflower Fund is a member of the Cancer Alliance: www.canceralliance.co.za

ACS & LAF – American Cancer Society And Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Sunflower Fund was involved in the ACS Cancer information and Advocacy Initiative Collaboration Workshop in July 2009, where various organizations shared thoughts, experiences and ideas about cancer and cancer control in South Africa. The Africa Cancer Information and Advocacy Initiative’s overall objective is around increased awareness and advocacy through research or pilot data and media or legislative campaigns. The patient empowerment initiative is an activity within the Africa Cancer Information and Advocacy Initiative and follows a model developed by UICC (International Union against Cancer) and member/partner organizations, ACS (American Cancer Society) & LAF (Lance Armstrong Foundation).

Once plans have been finalized and formally announced by ACS, The Sunflower Fund will be involved in collaborating with other Cancer organizations in SA and play an important role in helping to try to break down the social stigma associated with cancer, highlighting social and economic issues and revealing cultural differences that may need to be actively addressed.

We support and refer to other organizations such as Organ Donor Foundation, CHOC, CANSA.