Mumbai, India 2016

BMT training course. Mumbai, India. December 9th and 10th 2016

Nurses No Frontiers and European society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Nursing Group (EBMT NG) collaboration with Tata Foundation organised the first training course for HSCT nurses in Mumbai (India) in December 2016.

The training course was held in ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre.


The response was extremely good as we had 203 participants from over 12 Indian states and 39 hospitals.

Here the map of partecipants:

The BMT training course was a big opportunity to learn, to share experience and to improve knowledge and skills for all participants . For the first time in India nurses involved in the care of blood and marrow transplant patients got the opportunity of update their knowledge and to standardize various nursing protocols. The program highlighted important topics like: conditioning, cell infusion, infection risk, mucositis, oral care etc.

Program here: link

Practical workshops on Hickman catheter flushing and dressing were held.


A questionnaire to assess  the availability of educational opportunities, patient assessment knowledge and learning preference was distributed among the participating nurses.


The questionnaire report that 95% nurses did not have access to advanced training and were qualified only to basic level of education which would likely translates into the poor clinical outcomes and dissatisfaction. We asked nurses to comment on how this can be tackled, 98% nurses felt that a continuous on-site and online training program would significantly advance their knowledge and skills in competently looking after hematology oncology patients. The scientific literature and our experience in India strongly indicate that the proposed project can play a major role in bridging the knowledge/skill gap and poor patient outcomes in LMICs. The project should achieve self-sufficiency and sustainability in the long run through the local governments support. This questionnaire data also will guide us to prepare our future collaborations according to the preference and needs of local nurses.  

We also visited ACTREC Hospital paediatric ward, BMT unit and blood bank.


We look forward to continue our collaboration with a second step, an advanced training course focussed on caring for adult and paediatric patients undergoing BMT