What we do

DKMS fights blood disorders, like Leukaemia, Aplastic Anaemia, Sickle Cell Disease to name a few, through the recruitment of blood stem cell donors and maintaining a registry of potential donors committed to helping anyone in need of a life-saving stem cell transplant. We fundraise to cover the cost of education and awareness about the need for and the process to become a blood stem cell donor as well as to cover the cost of the HLA tissue-typing test involved in the recruitment of donors.

DKMS also maintains a patient support fund to assist patients who are unable to afford costs associated with getting to transplant as well as being actively involved in creating a platform for support structures to assist patients, families and communities.

Our core goal is to find a matching donor for everyone in need of a blood stem cell donation.

Our patient centric strategies are:

  • Donor diversity focus
  • Routine high resolution NGS HLA typing for donors
  • Ongoing fee restructuring to reduce costs
  • Funding support for patients and procedures
  • Provide quality procedures with predictable outcomes

The Challenge

South Africa and Africa generally has a very low number of registered donors, leading to too few patients finding a match and making it to transplant. Our vision is to save lives of individuals diagnosed with blood disorders by increasing the number of patients making it to transplant

The Solution


Formerly known as The Sunflower Fund