Welcome to the Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria


May Brown is the mother of a bubbly 2 year-old girl. But May has acute leukemia – a blood stem cell transplantation is her only chance at life. So far, among 28 million registered stem cell donors worldwide, no match has been found for May. “Please register as a stem cell donor. Do it if not for my sake, but for the sake of my little girl. She is only 2 years old and needs her mummy. You could ultimately SAVE my LIFE and other people with blood disorder.”

Her family and friends together with BMRN and ARA organize registration events. Increasing the number of donors from Nigeria is crucial to significantly improve the situation of Nigerian blood cancer patients like May. The next event is:


DATE: FRIDAY, 22nd July, 2016

TIME: 8. 30 am

FOR FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE CALL +234-7039222313 or +234-8185766742

To read more about May’s story please click here.

To be a match, tissue (HLA) characteristics of patient and donor need to match. But chances to find a matching donor are like winning the lottery. YOU could be the ONE to save May’s or another patient’s life!

All it takes is to fill in a registration form and to take a simple cheek swab to test your tissue (HLA) characteristics. If you are healthy and between 18-45 years old:

Register as a blood stem cell donor!


The launch of this registry is a milestone step in the country’s efforts to treat cancer patients throughout Africa and the world. By helping patients find a bone marrow match, the BMRN will make it possible for them to access life-saving treatment.

Become a donor today…and you could save a life!

Learn about the importance of bone marrow donation:

BMRN News »

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BMRN featured in the Lancet

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BBC covers Nigerian registry

BBC covers Nigerian registry

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BMRN Events »

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NPR’s “Tell Me More with Michel Martin” Features BMRN

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BMRN in the New York Times

BMRN in the New York Times

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