Beijing, May 17 (IANS) Around 1.28 million people have registered with China's national bone marrow donation programme, and the number is expected to reach two million by the end of 2015, officials said.
The China Marrow Donor Programme (CMDP), which celebrated its 10th anniversary Monday, has facilitated 2,142 bone marrow transplants over the past 10 years, Xinhua reported.
The CMDP, affiliated with the Red Cross Society of China, is a national organisation that oversees bone marrow donations in the country.
The national programme has also helped establish 31 provincial donation programmes.
Government statistics show that about 40,000 people suffer each year from leukaemia in China and there are about one million people awaiting bone marrow transplant.