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Black History Month

Join us this Black History Month as we encourage more people of Black heritage to register their organ donation decision and share it with their loved ones.

Black patients often have to wait significantly longer for a successful match than white patients, due to a shortage of suitably matched donors. 

Ethnically matched organs save lives

For many patients in need of a transplant, the best match will come from a donor with the same ethnic background.

Organs are matched by blood group or tissue type, and people from the same ethnic background are more likely to have matching blood groups and tissue types. 

If you are Black, your decision to become an organ donor could mean saving the life of someone of the same heritage after you are gone. 

Why ethnicity matters

Hear from Black healthcare professionals and people whose lives have been transformed by organ donation about why it is so important that we have enough ethnically matched organs to tackle health inequalities and make sure patients get the best possible treatment.

Get the facts 

Your decision matters

You could join a community of heroes who one day, will save and transform lives.

Whatever you decide, please talk your family. This could help them to support your decision at a difficult time.

Black pioneers of healthcare

This Black History Month we'll be celebrating the contributions and achievements of Black people within science and healthcare. 

This week: Kofoworola Abeni Pratt

Kofoworola Abeni Pratt
Kofoworola Abeni Pratt

One of the first black nurses to work for the NHS, Kofoworola Abeni Pratt was born in Lagos, Nigeria and trained at the Nightingale School at St Thomas’ in the 1940s.

During her time at St Thomas’ she faced racial discrimination, when a patient refused to be treated by a black nurse.

After Nigeria gained independence in 1960, she became the first Nigerian to be appointed Matron of the University College Hospital in Ibadan.

She later became Chief Nursing Officer for Nigeria and was the first black woman to be named Vice-President of the International Council of Nurses.

Previous weeks

Week 1: Daniel Hale Williams

Performed what is often credited as the first successful operation on a human heart. 

Week 2: Sir Magdi Yacoub

Pioneering work in repairing heart valves. Performed the UK's first combined heart and lung transplant.

Week 3: Dr. Velma Scantlebury

First female African-American transplant surgeon in the US.

Other ways to get involved

There are lots of ways to raise awareness about the need for more Black organ donors and bring hope to those in need this Black History Month.

Keep checking back, as we'll be adding details of more activities and opportunities as the month goes on.

There's more than one way to be a hero!  

On social media

Join our Facebook Live events

Join our hosts Calvin Campbell and Davina Caballlero on Facebook Live this Black History Month as they look to raise awareness of the need for ethnically matched blood and the need for more Black donors.

Meet the hosts

Calvin Campbell

Calvin Campbell

Calvin has sickle cell SS and is a campaigner for NHS Blood and Transplant, responsible for recruiting new blood donors and particularly those from the Black community. He is a proud grandfather and member of the B Positive Choir, who performed for Her Majesty The Queen as part of Britain’s Got Talent in 2018.

 
Davinia CaballeroDavinia Caballero

Davinia is founder of Healthy Afro, an organisation promoting a healthy lifestyle within the Black community. Davinia has sickle cell and has lived through further life-threatening complications, receiving a kidney from her brother in 2017. Sadly, the transplant has since failed, and Davinia is currently on dialysis. She continues to run her online business whilst studying to become a health consultant. She is also a founding member of the B Positive Choir.

28th October at 6pm

Why ethnicity matters

We'll be looking at how better matched blood and organ donations provide better outcomes for Black patients.

Follow us at @nhsorgandonor

Guests

Tunde AkintolaTunde Akintola

London-based Tunde works as an economic and business environment researcher. He too has sickle cell, and is an ardent football fan supporting both England and Nigeria.

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