Our partners

Organisations that we have formal / informal relationships with:

Cancer Alliance

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

CPGR and Artisan Biomed

The CPGR is a non-profit company located in Cape Town, South Africa, based on an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), and financially supported by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). The CPGR combines state-of-the-art information-rich genomic and proteomic ('omics') technologies with bio-computational pipelines to render services and support projects in the life science and biomedical arena in (South) Africa, all run in an ISO 9001:2015 certified and ISO 17025 compliant quality management system. Among others, the CPGR has launched an accelerator program to stimulate the creation of South African start-ups based on 'omics' technologies and set up Artisan Biomed to develop and implement Precision Medicine solutions in (South) Africa.

The CPGR seeks to create a comprehensive set of molecular testing solutions for people afflicted by blood disorders as well as stem cell donors. To this end, CPGR has entered into partnership with the Sunflower Fund (TSF), as well as other parties, to make stem cell typing widely available in Africa; and, to create novel medical solutions for people of African descent, including the 40M strong African American population.

In support of this vision, CPGR’s interests and plans are as follows:

  • To offer high-resolution HLA typing to individuals in South Africa and other African countries;
  • To offer enhanced testing solutions to blood disorder patients, by providing high-resolution HLA typing, ancestry profiling, cancer risk marker testing, and tumour tissue sequencing, among others;
  • To develop novel lab and/or computational methodologies (development of foreground IP) to further advance the utility of stem cell typing in (South) Africa;
  • To use aggregate anonymised data in the interest of creating novel insights into disease-causing genetic traits, by performing genotype/phenotype association studies;
  • To regularly interface with donors to provide updates about ongoing research and development (inside/out perspective) and to update donor information, medical or otherwise (outside/in perspective);

For further information visit www.cpgr.org.za or www.artisanbiomed.com

Lancet

Lancet Laboratories is one of the leading South African based pathology laboratories established almost 60 years ago providing vital diagnostic and monitoring pathology services in South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

Owned as a traditional medical partnership where pathologists are also shareholders, Lancet is equipped with 90 pathologists, each with their area of expertise that lead the service, not only to ensure the quality and validity of investigations, but also to provide a consultation service for physicians, managed health care institutions, the occupational health environment, and the insurance and industry sectors.

From Lancet's modest beginnings in the 1940s, we have grown exponentially in capacity and in 2012 we conducted 2 million blood tests each month across the African continent.

Lancet operates in the private healthcare environment and provides specialist pathology services. We offer an extensive range of pathology services, from sophisticated molecular and cytogenetic investigations to advanced chemical analyses.

Our advancements:

  • A fully automated Autolab track was launched to do chemistry and immunology testing providing shorter turnaround times, consolidated test menus across disciplines, reduced number of analyzers, improved accuracy, validation and documentation of data as well as reducing reagent consumption and sample volumes.
  • In mid-2017 the lab acquired cutting edge technology that decreases the TAT’s( turnaround times) dramatically for molecular based tests.
  • Our molecular pathology laboratory offers a comprehensive range of molecular assays for diagnosis and monitoring in the fields of infectious diseases, oncology and genetics. We offer testing for more than 80 different infectious agents in an automated 24-hr laboratory that offers high throughput in an efficient turn-around time.
  • The laboratory is constantly introducing new tests to keep abreast of the demand for rapid and accurate molecular diagnostics.

Our care value, Lancet Cares focuses on CSI projects that Lancet Laboratories participates in. The purpose of these projects is to benefit, educate and uplift communities.

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

A collaboration of hope was formed in 2000 when PathCare joined forces with The Sunflower Fund to encourage and recruit substantial numbers of stem cell donors.

Since then thousands of people have been tested and are listed on the SABMR – many of them have joined through PathCare via its depots throughout South Africa.

However, their partnership hasn’t just been all about the serious business of taking blood samples and identifying donors to save the lives of sufferers of chronic blood conditions like leukaemia. They’ve had a lot of fun along the way; participating in donor drives on radio, in schools and at shopping malls.

PathCare has also paid for many of their employees to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry and also show their support by participating in the national campaign annually.

SANBS – South African National Blood Service

The mission of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) is to supply safe and sufficient blood to the patients of South Africa. SANBS works closely with The Sunflower Fund as the two associations share the same objective – saving lives.

In most cases, SANBS and The Sunflower Fund work with the same patients. Most patients who are awaiting a stem cell transplant are also regular blood recipients. There have been many projects where the associations have worked together for a specific community. In these instances, a blood drive is held and an additional sample is taken from donors who agree to be registered as a stem cell donor. These joint projects are advertised through the local media and the response is always excellent, with both new blood donors and new stem cell donors signing up.

When there is a successful outcome for the patient, the organisations share the joy and they share the sorrow when a match is not found in time. During that time of waiting, SANBS ensures that the patient has best possible care through the supply of red cells and platelets. These products are of particular importance during a patient’s chemotherapy period.

Stem Cell Registry Alliance (SCRA)

The Stem Cell Registry Alliance (SCRA) is a joint initiative among several donor recruitment organizations and donor registries across the UK, Caribbean and Africa. This collaborative effort seeks to improve outcomes for patients in the African Diaspora who need a stem cell transplant by recruiting 100,000 donors of African ancestry by 2030, primarily from the countries of the member organizations.

A major barrier to recruiting donors of African origin is the steep logistical and financial investment involved in creating and operating a stem cell registry. These operational costs are often enough to prevent resource-constrained countries in Africa and the Caribbean from launching their own donor registries.

The SCRA reduces the start-up costs for donor registries in African countries, while simultaneously creating awareness in these regions about the urgent need for stem cell donors, by promoting effective and efficient partnerships among member organisations. By sharing information, skills, experience and infrastructure and coordinating donor recruitment initiatives wherever possible, we enable members to start recruiting donors immediately, without incurring the costs of setting up a stand-alone operation.

WPBTS – Western Province Blood Transfusion Service

Blood donors are committed to saving lives. It has therefore always been very easy for the WP Blood Transfusion Service to support and assist The Sunflower Fund by giving this organisation an opportunity to meet our donors and convince them to register as stem cell donors.

The missions of the two organisations are very similar, since leukaemia sufferers and stem cell transplant patients are users of multiple blood transfusions.

The Western Province Blood Transfusion Service is a non-profit, independent organisation operating throughout the Western Cape. They 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.

World Marrow Donor Association

On behalf of its members, the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) promotes global collaboration and the sharing of best practices for the benefit of stem cell donors and transplant patients.

WMDA is led by the WMDA Board and Committees, whose members are all experts in their fields. Day-to-day activities are carried out by our WMDA office, a team of professionals based in Leiden, the Netherlands.

The activities of WMDA are based on four pillars:

  • Optimising Search, Match & Connection: Provide a global platform that facilitates access to the most suitable stem cell source for a transplant patient;
  • Supporting global development: Support members to develop and grow, so that more transplant patients find the most suitable match;
  • Promoting donor care: Assure that the rights and safety of stem cell donors are promoted and protected;
  • Ensuring quality: Promote product quality and global collaboration through accreditation and standardisation.

In pursuing its mission, WMDA acts exclusively in the interest of donors voluntary donating their haematopoietic stem cells to patients in need of a transplant. WMDA is bound by core values of independence, integrity and transparency.