Name of the activity: Marrow Hero

Country/NMO: Poland (IFMSA-Poland)

Program: Organ, Marrow & Tissue Donation

 

Contact information: [email protected]

Type of the activity: Campaign

 

Focus area:

Marrow donation

Problem statement:

According to DKMS Poland statistics:
* About 75% of patients needing a transplant don’t have a matching donor in their family
* About 20% of patients still can not find matching donors

Target groups and beneficiaries:

Our target group will be divided into:
*Adults (18-55 years old). Adults with willingness to help and without contraindications for becoming a donor.

*Others, that can gain knowledge about blood cancers and promote the idea of bone marrow donation.

Beneficiaries:
* patients with diseases such as leukaemia, aplastic anaemia, and sickle cell anemia

Objectives and indicators of success:

• To overthrow harmful myths about bone marrow donation (like vertebral cord puncture)
• To perform potential bone marrow donors registration
• To promote the idea of donating bone marrow
• To spread information about the procedures connected with donating bone marrow
• To spread information about different ways of becoming a potential donor, such asthe dates of next registrations or directing to related websites

Methodology:

we choose a time and place for event, then gaining a permission for its conducting
Organising theoretical and practical workshops for medical students who have the will to participate in the event
Receiving registration materials from partners.
. We lead stands in public places like- shopping mail, fair halls, pubs, sports matches etc. We lead stands at universities and do peer education
Stand contains materials about marrow bone transplant procedures, informations about contraindications. Our volunteers have required knowladge about registration, we have registration forms and swabs.
After conversation we offer possibility to registration.

Plans for evaluation:

• Recording the amount of educated people
• Counting number of filled registration forms
• Making cumulative statistic after each event
• Collecting statistic from all the cities in which the activity takes place