Slovakia has released a stamp on 16th March 2015 celebrating the anniversary of the opening of a special department for the transplantation of haematogenous cells that was established at the University Children’s Hospital and Clinic (UCHC) in Bratislava in 1995. The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) of the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Clinic in the UCHC in Bratislava is the only one of its kind in Slovakia, where the transplantation of haematogenous cells in cases of children (ranging from 0 to 18) with oncology, serious haematology and metabolic issues (as well as some congenital malfunctioning of the immune system) are conducted.
Since its establishment, the BMTU has undergone many adjustments as far as medical and technical equipment is concerned. The unit was reconstructed completely and its capacity was expanded in 2011, thanks to the Pinch of Hope Foundation and the financial aid of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic. During its 20-year existence, more than 320 transplantations in children with the aforementioned diseases have been conducted in this department.
The BMTU has been a long-recognized member of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT), and the results the Unit has achieved using this therapy can be compared to the results of the paediatric transplant centres in the most developed countries in Europe.