Karaiskakio Foundation

The Foundation’s goal is to locate volunteer bone marrow donors who are compatible with blood cancer patients needing bone marrow transplantation.

The Karaiskakio Foundation is a non-profitable organisation, which was founded by the Leukaemia Cancer Society, Mr. Michalis Karaiskakis, the Platelet Donor Association of Cyprus and with the support of The Cyprus Ministry of Health. Based on the size and genetic makeup of the Cyprus population, it was first estimated that we needed a registry of 30-35,000 volunteer donors.

The Cyprus Bone Marrow Donor Registry was established with the help and support of the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust (ANBMT), whose significant assistance is recognised and acknowledged.

The Cyprus Bone Marrow Donor Registry with more than 140,000 registered volunteer donors today, has the highest per capita ratio of donors in the world. Being advanced and efficient with highly qualified and experienced staff, it helps patients from all over the world to find compatible donors for bone marrow transplantation.

All donors recruited through the Registry automatically become part of Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW) which can be easily accessed by all registries in their search for a compatible donor.

The tissue typing laboratory of the Karaiskakio Foundation has been accredited by the European Federation of Immunogenetics (EFI) in 2004.

The Karaiskakio Foundation set off with a wish to offer hope to patients with leukaemia or any other haematological diseases, and today has been acknowledged both locally and internationally as a modern scientific centre of high quality.