Brief History

Specialized centre for blood & bone marrow stem cell transplantation...

Armed Forces Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (AFBMTC) is located in the premises of Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Medical Complex, Rawalpindi. It is a state-of-the-art, specialized centre for blood and bone marrow stem cell transplantation. It also provides specialized care for patients with blood disorders including blood cancers. The idea of creating a bone marrow transplant facility for the armed forces was conceived by Lieutenant General (Retired) Muhammad Saleem, HI (M), Ex surgeon general Pakistan Army, a renowned haematologist of international repute. Responsibility of establishing the centre was entrusted to Brigadier (Major General Retired) Masood Anwar, who took on this endeavor with zeal and passion bringing it to completion.

The hospital was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan on 20 March 2001. The first bone marrow transplant was done on 19th July 2001 when a soldier with severe aplastic anaemia was successfully treated after receiving bone marrow from his HLA-matched brother. Initially Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (BMTC) was part of CMH Rawalpindi. On 27 Oct 2001 it was re-designated as Armed Forces Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (AFBMTC) and started functioning as an independent hospital. Brigadier (Major General Retired) Masood Anwar was the first commandant of the centre, followed by Brigadier (Major General Retired) Badshah Khan,Brigadier Khalil Ullah (Late) and Major General Parvez Ahmed. Presently the centre is being commanded by Brigadier Tariq Mahmood Satti. He is being assisted by Deputy Commandant Colonel Zulqurnain Ashraf Raja and team of transplant specialists comprising haematologists, medical specialist and paediatrician. They are supported by an anaesthetist and dedicated nurses and paramedical staff.

Work is in progress on the hospital extension plan with construction of new building adjacent to the existing one. The extension plan includes increasing total bed capacity to 54, new ICU, operation theatre, apheresis section and improvement in allied facilities. After extension total capacity for transplants will increase to more than 100 transplants per year.

Land Marks

  1. The Centre was registered with Centre for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) USA, in 2002.
  2. The Centre was registered with Asia-Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group in 2004.
  3. The Centre completed 100 bone marrow transplants on 24 February 2005.
  4. The Centre was registered with Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation Group in 2010.
  5. Training for diploma in BMT nursing was started in 2010. The diploma has been approved by Pakistan Nursing Council.
  6. The hospital was recognized by College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan for training in clinical haematology in August 2012.
  7. The hospital successfully completed 500 allogeneic stem cell transplants on 06 October 2013.
  8. AFBMTC was accepted as ISO 9001:2008 certified hospital in May 2013.
  9. On 31 May 2013 another milestone was achieved with the establishment of stem cell culture facility. Culture of mesenchymal stem cells by scientists of AFBMTC has opened a new era of exploring exciting possibilities for stem cell therapy in many incurable diseases.
  10. The Centre was registered with European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation in 2014.