The Umbilical Cord Transplantation in India is in its infancy. In India there are 72000 births daily and the aviability of an umbilical cord which is stored and can be donated is abundant. India has emerged as the preferred destination for medical treatments where in cord blood has the potential to be a crucial element in hematopoietic stem cell transplantations.
As such a planned development in public cord blood banking would provide the required boost to medical tourism enabling India to achieve its objective of becoming a destination for finding umbilical cord blood matched units. Despite medical expertise India’s global share in cord blood based surgical treatment is a meager 0.25%.
Umbilical Cord Transplantation in India
Very few reports are available for application in hematological disorders and none for metabolic disorders. Only 32 patients in India have been transplanted using related or unrelated Umbilical Cord Transplantation which is very low compared to western countries count.
Considering the large number of patients born with blood related disorders in the country, these transplantations are comparatively few, mainly because of cost prohibition, lack of sufficient UCB depository and because public Umbilical Cord Transplantation banks are in the early stage of development. The compatibility of procuring Umbilical Cord Transplantation from international depositories too has been a deterrent.