The Free HLA Typing Project
Cure2Children provides HLA-typing free of charge to low-income families that need it. HLA-typing is an test that allows you to find a bone marrow donor match for someone in need of a bone marrow transplant. This is useful for children that are looking to be cured from thalassemia, sickle-cell anemia, leukemia and other forms of pediatric cancers and blood disorders.
The Problem Being Addressed:
In today's age of the internet and globalization, most parents who discover that their child is suffering from a life-threatening disease will find out if a cure exists. For parents of children suffering from diseases like thalassemia, sickle-cell anemia, and leukemia, they will discover that bone marrow transplantation offers a cure. If bone marrow transplant is a suitable intervention for their child, the first step is to find a bone marrow donor (usually a sibling). However this is often when it ends. Many families simple cannot afford the cost of HLA-typing. The tests costs an average of $200 ($100 to type the affected child and $100 for the potential donor). Imagine how many Indian Rupees or Kenyan Shillings that is!
Cure2Children began working in partnership with Histogenetics, USA (a lab company) to provide the service of HLA typing at a much reduced cost to C2C consequently this permitted free testing to families in tough financial situations.
Since 2014 Cure2Children is partnering with DKMS Life Sciences, in Germany, who have committed to provide 2,500 free HLA typing tests, within a study of the frequency of the HIV-resistance mutation (CCR5D32) in developing countries.
This has enabled many families from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, Georgia and many other countries, who would otherwise not have been able to afford to do so, to benefit and have HLA typing done.
For further information and to request free HLA Typing, Please click this link- Free sibling compatibiity test for bone marrow transplantation
- 230 children and their siblings from low-income families have been given free HLA-typing to help them find their bone marrow donor match