History / Milestones


History


  • Officially opened in September 2005 by Minister of Health, Mr. Khaw Boon Wan.
  • Established in response to the demand for unrelated donor umbilical cord blood for transplantations.
  • Serves as a life-saving, national resource that will benefit the diverse ethnic population in Singapore and around the world.
  • Fulfils the need for a public cord blood bank for the multi-ethnic population as overseas cord blood registries are predominantly made up of Caucasians.
  • A national resource that is supported by Singapore’s public healthcare clusters – Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and National Healthcare Group (NHG), volunteer welfare organisations – Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) and Club Rainbow Singapore, as well as philanthropic foundations – the Khoo, Lee, Shaw and SingHealth Foundations.
  • This programme is also supported by various organisations and philanthropists.    

Milestones


FY 2001
  • Efforts to establish Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) formally initiated by SingHealth.  

FY 2004
  • This effort was joined subsequently by NHG, CCF and Club Rainbow.
  • Fundraising activities for SCBB were supported by SingHealth Foundation.
  • SCBB began its operations in November 2004.
  • By collecting, processing and storing a ready supply of umbilical cord blood units, SCBB became the First Public Cord Blood Bank in Singapore and in the Region.  

FY 2005 
  • Officially opened by Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of Health on 28 September 2005.
  • SCBB aims to be a life-saving, national resource that will benefit the diverse ethnic population in Singapore and around the world.
  • 3 hospitals participating in SCBB’s Cord Blood Donation Programme:
    • KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH)
    • National University Hospital (NUH)
    • Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • Close to 400 cord blood units stored from almost 1,400 cord blood units collected.

FY 2006
  • Private hospitals joined SCBB’s Cord Blood Donation Programme:
    • Gleneagles Hospital (GEH)
    • Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH)
    • Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH)
    • Raffles Hospital (RH)
    • Parkway East Hospital (PEH) – formerly known as East Shore Hospital
    • Thomson Medical Centre (TMC)
  • These private hospitals provide potential donors an opportunity to donate their baby’s cord blood after the safe delivery of their baby and to contribute to the success of the programme.
  • SCBB’s First Cord Blood Unit used in allogeneic Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT). Recipient was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). It is the first cord blood transplant facilitated by SCBB at KK Women's & Children's Hospital (KKH).
  • World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) acknowledged SCBB as the fastest growing public cord blood bank.  

FY 2007
  • Became a full-fledged member of the US National Marrow Donor programme (NMDP). NMDP is the hub of a global transplant network that connects more than 450 leading centres worldwide. This allows SCBB to be connected to patients around the world searching for a life-saving cord blood unit to survive.
  • Announcement of SUCCESSFUL TRANSPLANT of SCBB’s first cord blood unit RECIPIENT.
  • Announcement of SCBB’s second cord blood unit RECIPIENT. Recipient was diagnosed with Hyper-IgM Syndrome – a type of immunodeficiency. It is the first cord blood transplant facilitated at National University Hospital (NUH) by SCBB.
  • First international cord blood transplant facilitated in two countries - Malaysia and Netherlands. 
  • Over 3,000 cord blood units stored from over 5,500 cord blood units collected
  • Facilitated 7 TRANSPLANTS by year-end:
    • 5 Local transplants and
    • 2 International transplants  

FY 2008
  • Over 4,600 cord blood units stored from over 9,000 cord blood units collected.
  • First cord blood transplant facilitated at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for an adult patient.
  • First international cord blood transplant facilitated in six countries - England, France, Greece, Italy, Philippines and the USA.
  • From 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009, SCBB facilitated 17 TRANSPLANTS.
    • 8 Local transplants and
    • 9 International transplants  

FY 2009
  • First cord blood transplant facilitated at Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital (MEH) for a paediatric patient.
  • Within the year from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010, 25 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated using cord blood units stored in SCBB.
    • 11 Local transplants and
    • 14 International transplants   

FY 2010
  • 20 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated, with 10 international transplants and 10 local transplants.
  • Achieved full accreditation from AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Bank).
    • The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and education programmes and services to optimise patient and donor care and safety.
    • This accreditation recognises that SCBB as an equivalent to a public cord blood bank in the United States with cord blood units from SCBB shipped to the US for allogeneic use without special handling or variance.
    • The only fully AABB accredited public cord blood bank in Singapore and South East Asia. A dedication and commitment to high safety and quality of cord blood units.
  • Achieved laboratory accreditation from College of American Pathologist (CAP). CAP is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.  

FY 2011
  • Press conference announcing SCBB "FACILITATING OVER 100 CORD BLOOD TRANSPLANTS" in Singapore and around the world.
    • First press conference showcasing SCBB and healthcare stakeholders (i.e. adult and paediatric haematologists/transplant physicians, obstetricians & gynaecologists, representatives from SCBB's pool of cord blood donors and a cord blood beneficiaries and their families.
  • First international cord blood transplant facilitated in three countries - Australia, New Zealand and Norway.
  • From 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012, a total of 31 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 16 local transplants and 15 international transplants. 

FY 2012
  • Re-accreditation from AABB was received on 1 April 2012.
  • Achieved laboratory re-accreditation from CAP on 3 August 2012.
  • First international cord blood transplant facilitated in Canada.
  • 25 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 14 local transplants and 11 international transplants.

FY 2013
  • 24 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 11 local transplants and 13 international transplants from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014.

FY 2014
  • Achieved accreditation from FACT-NetCord in April 2014
    • Accredited for unrelated and related cord blood collection, banking, and release for administration.
    • FACT is the only accrediting organisation that addresses all quality aspects of cellular therapy treatments: clinical care, donor management, cord blood collection, processing, storage and banking, transportation, administration, selection, and distribution.
  • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital joined SCBB’s Cord Blood Donation Programme.
  • Achieved re-accreditation from AABB on 1 October 2014.
  • Re-accreditation from CAP was received on 3 October 2014.
  • First international cord blood transplant facilitated in two countries - India and Turkey.
  • 19 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 12 local transplants and 7 international transplants from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

FY 2015
  • 20 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 13 local transplants and 7 international transplants from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

FY 2016 
  • 20 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 9 local transplants and 11 international transplants from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017.
  • Achieved re-accreditation from AABB on 1 October 2016.

 

FY 2017

  • 8 TRANSPLANTS were facilitated with 1 local transplant and 7 international transplants from 1 April 2017 to 31 August 2017.

 

Total of 217 TRANSPLANTS facilitated by the SCBB:

  • 112 Local transplants and
  • 105 International transplants  


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