Working with faith groups
There is a real shortage of donors from these communities. As a result, Black and Asian people needing a transplant have to wait longer for a suitable organ than those from the general population.
If more people registered, more lives could be saved . That is why we are working closely with faith leaders to try and tackle this shortage. We also want to urge those already on the Register to discuss their decision with their families to make sure their choices are honoured.
We have been holding faith sessions in London and Greater London to provide a platform for discussion around organ donation and religion. A special summit is being held to conclude these sessions. This event will bring together faith leaders, community representatives and health professionals to develop an action plan that will raise the rate of consent for organ donation within BME communities and help make organ donation part of everyone´s culture and tradition in the longer term.
The Faith and Organ Donation Summit will be facilitated by Professor Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health at Bedfordshire University.
If you want to help us, here's how you can get involved: