Thanks to the efforts of the National Cancer Institute (NCI - Maharagama)
and the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS); and the generosity of
the Haematology Team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney measures are
currently underway to establish a Bone marrow Transplant Unit in Maharagama, soon.
St. Vincent’s Hospital Haematology Unit in Sydney has offered to foster training, mentorship and professional development for this project. The aim is to make Sri Lanka self-sufficient in
stem cell transplantation over a five year period.
It is intended that over this period, a staged introduction of services would be implemented with a view to performing
the first autologous stem cell transplant in Colombo in late 2015. Subsequent training of staff for tissue typing and
establishment of a Marrow Donor Registry (BMDR) would then lead to an
allogeneic stem cell
transplantation in 2016-17 with an initial emphasis on sibling transplants.
The program will enhance the medical, scientific and nursing landscape of haematology in Sri Lanka by increasing the
technological expertise of staff in apheresis, cryopreservation, chemotherapy and clinical management of seriously ill
patients with blood malignancies.
National Cancer Institute, Maharagama, Sri Lanka - August 2014
BMT Team St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia - February 2015