(siblings have only 1 in 4 chance of matching). The other 70% depend on the capacity of unrelated persons to donate their stem cells.
This means that out of two lakh patients, more than 1,40,000 patients are not receiving the best possible
treatment, i.e. stem cell transplantation.
If unrelated HLA matched donors become available, transplant can be done easily and this will
provide hope of cure in these patients. Realizing this need, several international registries
of volunteer Stem cell donors have been set up.
Unfortunately India is lagging behind. We do not have such a functional registry. In order
for the Indian registry to provide a reasonable chance of a successful match (to make an
unrelated donor transplants possible), MDR(I) has been established to cater to the requirements
of our ethnic population across India and abroad.