||<p>Since 2011 the Department has provided more than £26 million in financial support
to NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan to enable the establishment of a unified
United Kingdom Stem Cell Registry and improve stem cell donation. This includes improving
equity of access to unrelated donor stem cell transplantation for Black Asian Minority
Ethnic (BAME) patients through targeted recruitment to the UK Stem Cell Registry.
This funding is in addition to the recruitment campaigns run by NHS Blood and Transplant,
Anthony Nolan and other partners</p><p>In 2017 the Department funded recruitment for
6,000 extra donors from BAME background and continues to fund recruitment of genome-typed
BAME donors who are then much more likely to donate. Working collaboratively to recruit
more BAME donors with our partners, 22% of donors recruited in 2018-19 were of BAME
background.<sup>1</sup></p><p>As part of the funding outlined above an Umbilical Cord
Blood bank has been established. In its funding contribution the Department has set
specific targets about the proportion of donors that must be from BAME background
which is at least 35% and this target is being met.</p><p><sup>1</sup> <a href="https://www.anthonynolan.org/sites/default/files/State_Of_The_Registry_201819.pdf"