Asian American Donor Program Overview
Target demographics: increase availability of potential stem cells donors for patients with life threatening diseases curable by a stem cell transplant.
Programs: Asian American Donor Program conducts outreach and education in the diverse Asian Pacific community of the need for stem cell donors. There are two main recruitment and education programs 1) marrow/peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) 2) umbilical cord blood stem cells (UCB).
Marrow and PBSC donors are educated and recruited using the same strategic method that we have improved upon over the years. With the assistance from religious institution leaders, community based leaders, fraternities or sororities, festival organizers, and health conference organizers, AADP is invited to make presentations with educational materials and set up a donor tissue typing drive in order to register individuals interested in joining the NMDP Registry. Language specific education materials are produced and available.
Umbilical Cord Blood: In an effort to raise awareness about this simple and effective way of saving lives, AADP is now in the process of developing a free seminar series around this topic. Our vision is to offer these seminars to the public on an ongoing basis and to use them as an arena for both educating and recruiting the assistance of parents-to-be. We are designing an informational video as well as written educational materials, which will be distributed to seminar attendees and other interested parties. Targeted Obstetricians in the Bay Area will promote and make available educational materials about AADP's Umbilical cord blood stem cell bank.
Stem cell extraction from umbilical cord blood is the latest and most effective method to date for treating potentially fatal blood-related diseases in children. Although certainly not intended to replace the traditional methods of bone marrow and stem cell extraction, the cord blood approach does promise a variety of benefits over these other methods.