We need people from all ethnicity to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. But, some communities have concerns about giving or receiving donations.
Deciding to donate your organs and tissues is a very personal thing. Only you can make that decision.
The major religions in the UK support the principles of organ transplant.
They accept that organ donation is a personal choice. If you have any doubts, you should talk to your spiritual or religious leader.
We need more donors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups because:
We have carried out successful organ transplants between people from different ethnic groups. But some people with rare blood types may only be able to get a matched organ from someone of the same ethnic origin. So it’s important that people from all ethnic backgrounds register to donate organs.
Black and Asian patients are more likely to need a kidney transplant than white people. This is because they can easily develop conditions that lead to kidney failure. These include:
People from BAME groups have to wait about twice as long as white people for kidney transplants.