Ana Rukavina Public Cord Blood Bank
Donating cord blood to a public bank ensures the availability of grafts for a large number of patients. Public banks are non-profit institutions which store cord blood for public benefit. They are linked in an international network, enabling stored grafts to be used to treat patients worldwide. The first cord blood transplantation from an unrelated donor was performed in 1993. In the last ten years, the transplantation of haematopoietic stem cells from cord blood stored in public banks helped treat more than 10,000 patients.
The Ana Rukavina Public Cord Blood Bank is the first public cord blood bank in Croatia. It was founded on 28 March 2007 in the Clinical Department for Transfusion Medicine and Transplantation Biology of the University Hospital Centre Zagreb with the organisational and financial support of the Ana Rukavina Foundation. Donating cord blood to the public bank is voluntary and anonymous. There is a greater chance of finding a matching tissue donor in national banks, as they reflect the genetic characteristics of the nation more closely.