23 May 2018, Mumbai
The 15th birthday of Sankalp coincided with an important milestone in our journey. 100+ Bone Marrow Transplants were completed in the 2 transplant centres managed by Sankalp at Bangalore and Ahmedabad. After 100+ transplants, the team had a success rate of 85% as disease free survival and 94% overall survival, which is comparable to or even better than some of the best transplant centres across the world. The event was attended by primary financial contributors of Sankalp, esteemed individuals from the Department of Health - Government of Maharashtra , children and parents who have been through the transplant process.
The program was presided by distinguished chief guests Dr Nitin Shah from Heart Foundation and Ms. Mala Vazirani from Transasia Bio-Medicals. Presentation on the Sankalp’s journey of cure, and the organisation’s work in the management and prevention of thalassemia were made by Rakesh Dhanya, CEO of Sankalp India Foundation. Members of the clinical team of Sankalp headed by Dr Lawrence Faulkner took questions by the audience on different aspects related to transplants, the current and future trends and how it was possible to achieve the exemplary result over the last 3 years. Several questions on haplo-identical transplants, gene therapy were also answered by the team.