Armed Forces Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (AFBMTC) is a state-of-the-art, specialized centre for blood and bone marrow stem cell transplantation, unique not only in the Armed Forces but in whole of the Pakistan. In addition to stem cell transplant, it also provides specialized care for patients with various blood disorders including blood cancers.
The centre provides haemopoietic stem cell transplant facilities to serving armed forces personnel, their families and the civilian population. The hospital carries out 60-70 transplants per year. Till December 2015 more than 700 bone marrow transplants have been done with results comparable to the best transplant centers of the world. It is also worth mentioning that the present cost of bone marrow transplant at AFBMTC is about 2 million RKR compared with 15 to 25 million abroad.
The Centre is a purpose-built facility with 25 beds, out of these, 6 beds are in a specially built transplant section equipped with facilities of laminar air flow and barrier nursing. The hospital has a small dedicated laboratory, facility for freezing stem cells and machines for separating stem cells and various components of blood. It also has a small operation theater where stem cells from bone marrow are harvested under general or spinal anesthesia.
The hospital has a busy out-patient and day care department, where pre and post transplant patients, and patients with blood disorders are seen. Many patients receive their treatment including chemotherapy and blood product transfusion as day care patients.
A new fully equipped building of AFBMTC is coming up fast and is expected to be functional by March 2015. This will enhance the capacity to 54 beds with capability to do more than 100 transplants per year. The centre has been actively participating in various academic and research activities in the field of bone marrow transplant and blood disorders at both national and international level. Doctors, nurses and paramedical persons of army and various civilian institutions of the country have received training at AFBMTC. So far 40 research papers have been published in journals of national and international repute.