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Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) recommendations for establishing a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation program in countries with limited resources (Part II): Clinical, technical and socio-economic considerations. Hematol Oncol Stem Cell Ther 2020 Mar;13(1):7-16



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The development of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) programs can face significant challenges in most developing countries because such endeavors must compete with other government health care priorities, including the delivery of basic services. While this is may be a limiting factor, these countries should prioritize development of the needed expertise to offer state of the art treatments including transplantation, by providing financial, technological, legal, ethical and other needed support. This would prove beneficial in providing successful programs customized to the needs of their population, and potentially provide long-term cost-savings by circumventing the need for their citizens to seek care abroad. Costs of establishing HSCT program and the costs of the HSCT procedure itself can be substantial barriers in developing countries. Additionally, socioeconomic factors intrinsic to specific countries can influence access to HSCT, patient eligibility for HSCT and timely utilization of HSCT center capabilities. This report describes recommendations from the Worldwide Network for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (WBMT) for establishing HSCT programs with a specific focus on developing countries, and identifies challenges and opportunities for providing this specialized procedure in the resource constrained setting.

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Aljurf M, Weisdorf D, Hashmi SK, Nassar A, Gluckman E, Mohty M, Rizzo D, Pasquini M, Hamadani M, Saber W, Hari P, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Majhail N, Gerges U, Ali Hamidieh A, Hussain F, Elhaddad A, Mahmoud HK, Tbakhi A, Othman TB, Hamladji RM, Bekadja MA, Ahmed P, Bazarbachi A, Adil S, Alkindi S, Ladeb S, Dennison D, Patel M, Lu P, Quessar AE, Okamoto S, Atsuta Y, Alhejazi A, Ayas M, Ahmed SO, Novitzky N, Srivastava A, Seber A, Elsolh H, Ghavamzadeh A, Confer D, Kodera Y, Greinix H, Szer J, Horowitz M, Niederwieser D


Mehdi H. Hamadani MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Parameswaran Hari MD Chief, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Marcelo C. Pasquini MD, MS Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Wael Saber MD, MS Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Bone Marrow Transplantation
Developing Countries
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Socioeconomic Factors
Transplantation Conditioning
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