Raising awareness in Black and South Asian communities
Organ matching is likely to be closer when the ethnicity of the donor and recipient are the same. But 27% of patients on the transplant waiting list are BAME, yet there is a real shortage of organ donors from these communities. As a result, on average, patients from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities will wait a year longer for a kidney transplant than a White patient
We also urge everyone to discuss their organ donation decision with their families and loved ones so that they are not left with the burden of having to make this decision on your behalf at a difficult time.
If you want to help us, here's how you can get involved:
- Register now as an organ donor. And don’t forget to discuss your wishes with your family and encourage them – and friends – to register too
- Support us on Facebook and help spread the word by sharing our page with friends.
- Follow us on Twitter and help us by retweeting our messages to your own followers
- Talk to your faith leader about organ donation and ask them to share messages with the congregations
- Run your own campaign within your community, workplace or place of worship. We have a range of leaflets and posters available for you to order free of charge to help you run your own campaign. All the material has been specially designed to get across the message that more Black and South Asian donors are needed. You can order them here, or download the material
- Share your story. Be proud to have signed up to the Register, or to have donated a loved one's organs, or even to have received a transplant yourself. You should be. If you have a story which you wish to share with us, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org