HCT rates are one of the important parameters defining developmental stage of a given country. There is a steady increase in HCT activity on both sides of Atlantic. But in certain parts of the world, HCT activities have yet to begin. Here we report the history of the establishment of the first HCT center and its preliminary activity in Tashkent-Uzbekistan through close cooperation between Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Uzbekistan Ministry of Health. As of 2014, a total of 10 multiple myeloma patients successfully underwent autologous HCT in Uzbekistan. This encouraging project may be seen as a good example for other developing countries. (c) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.