Who Can Donate Bone Marrow?

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 49 and is in general good health can sign up as a bone marrow donor. Registering as a bone marrow donor is easy! You can register by simply filling up a donor consent form and doing a cheek swab. Your decision can give someone a tomorrow. 


While a match is hard to find, 1 in 20,000 chance, there is a need to ensure the safety of our bone marrow donors and patients with a blood disease. Here are some medical conditions that prevent one from signing up as a bone marrow donor. However, if you are in doubt about your medical condition, do feel free to contact our friendly staff to find out more. 



We look for donors between the ages of 17 - 49.


The age limit is meant to protect the safety of the donor and provide the best possible outcome for the patient. That's because younger donors produce more and higher-quality cells than older donors.


The upper age limit is based on both donor and patient considerations. There is a small increase in the risk of complications from donations in older donors.




If you have been diagnosed with HIV (AIDS) you cannot donate. If you are at risk of HIV virus, please get a medical screening.




If you have mild to moderate osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis and your condition is kept under control with medication, you are allowed to donate.


In severe cases of these conditions, you will not be allowed to donate.




You may donate if your condition is well-controlled by medication or diet and if there is no associate heart disease.




If you did not have any attacks that resulted in hospitalisation during the past 2 years, you will be allowed to donate.




If you have a history of depression that is stable and well-controlled, you may be able to donate.




If you have a history or are at risk of Hepatits B or C, you will be evaluated to determine if you are able to become a bone marrow donor.




You may register as a bone marrow donor when you are pregnant but marrow or blood-forming cells cannot be collected at any time during pregnancy. If you are pregnant (or attempting to become pregnant), you must be temporarily deferred from donating until fully recovered from delivery. For more information, you may like to read Pregnancy and Bone Marrow Donation Q&A with the doctor. 



PUBLISHED ON 05 May 2017
Registering to become a bone marrow donor means committing to be there when you get the call to give life. Each registrant provides hope for those waiting. A person could, however, be a match within a few months of registering, a year later or even seven years later.
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