Bangalore Medical Services Trust (BMST) is a not-for-profit organization of the Rotary Club of Bangalore and TTK group of companies.
BMST was registered as a “Public Charitable Trust” in February 1984, with the Registration Number 784 in 1983-84,
As a not-for-profit trust, BMST has been granted ‘Approval under Section 80G (5)(vi) of the Income Tax act, 1961’. Therefore donations to the organization are tax-deductible.
BMST has been granted authorization to accept Foreign funds as it is registered under Section 6(1) of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976. This is now called Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The FCRA registration Number is 094420600
Rotary, Bangalore-TTK Blood Bank has been providing Blood banking & Transfusion services to hospitals & patients in Bangalore and surrounding districts since 1984. From a small blood bank with a collection and issue of around 5000 units of Whole Blood in 1984, we have come a long way. We are now a large Blood Component facility and Regional Blood Transfusion Centre,Karnataka, with a proven track record for providing quality services and safe blood components.
In 1991 we started the Rtn. Arun Kumar Day Care Centre to help Thalassemia patients avoid the cost and effort of admission into a hospital setting. Here Thalassemia, Hemophilia and other such Transfusion-dependant patients are given free blood transfusions. In 2010 we added the Thalassemia Control program of screening and genetic counselling as a free service to relatives of Thalassemics.
The Transplant Immunology (HLA) laboratory was added in 2001 as an extension of the Immunohematology arm of the blood bank. Named after Rtn. PDG.P.T. Kasturi, the founding Chairman of BMST, the HLA laboratory carries out the specialized tests required for both Solid Organ as well as Bone Marrow Transplantation cases all over Karnataka.
In 2010 BMST set up a Tissue Bank, the first of its kind in Karnataka, and one of a few in India. The goodwill with hospitals all over the State, helped us source Bone and amnion from their patients. Presently we provide Bone & Amniotic membrane allografts for clinical use and plan to expand to include other tissues.
For several thousands of patients with Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Thalassemia and so on, the only hope for a cure is a Bone Marrow Transplantation. In 2009 Rotary Bangalore-TTK Blood Bank initiated the Stem Cell Registry-India project to tap into its large base of young, well educated voluntary blood donors and motivate them to register as potential Bone Marrow donors. Already, more than 5000 of them have joined the registry, with potential to expand every year.