To coincide with Black History Month in October, ACLT commissioned a new short film, called My Black Skin to highlight the continued shortage of black and mixed race donors on the blood, stem cell (bone marrow) and organ donor registers. It is both a celebration of colour and a call for more black and minority ethnic blood and organ donors.
A previously commissioned short film, Could You Be My Match, which dramatizes the need for more black and minority ethnic stem cell donors, has been selected as a finalist in the Microshorts category for the TriForce Short Film Festival 2015. This takes place at the Red Carpet Gala evening at BAFTA in London on the 5th December 2015. You can find the full line up here: http://tfsff.com/shortlisted-
It will take more than an opt-out system to increase organ donation: prioritise donors to receive organs
Adnan Sharif, who is part of the NBTA alliance, has recently published an article in the BMJ, titled, ‘It will take more than an opt-out system to increase organ donation: prioritise donors to receive organs’. The article critiques the introduction of the opt-out system for organ donation in Wales, and the impact this might have on England following suit. One concern is that introducing an opt-out system will not lead to increased donor registrations. Furthermore, black, Asian, and other minority ethnic people are already under-represented as organ donors, and changing to an opt-out system will not automatically encourage them to donate.
Read the full report here.
Please note this is the personal viewpoint of Adnan Sharif and may not necessarily reflect the views of NBTA.
Delete Blood Cancer UK*, the charity that recruits potential blood stem cell donors to help save lives, is launching an urban music competition with a difference. ‘Get Discovered’ is a movement of musical talent to improve the outlook for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) when it comes to finding matching blood stem cell donors. With far fewer patients from BAME communities than white in the UK finding the matching blood stem cell donors they need to save their life, the charity wants to increase the diversity of those registered to donate blood stem cells.
The importance of reaching a young and diverse audience
- For many people with a blood cancer or blood disorder, a donation of blood stem cells from another person is their best chance of survival. Currently, only 60% of patients can find the best possible (ten out of ten) match from a stranger, and this drops dramatically to around 20% if you’re a patient from a BAME background.
- Patients are most likely to find a matching donor from a similar ethnic background and that is why the charity is embarking on innovative ways to spread its message.
Using the power of music to reach a younger and more diverse audience through ‘Get Discovered’, will enable it to create a larger and more diverse database of potential blood stem cell donors.
- To enter, contestants need to submit a short film of their urban music performance to the ‘Get Discovered’ website. .
- The winner of ‘Get Discovered’ will be given a chance to record in Tinie Tempah’s studio as well as to perform in front of urban music industry leaders at O2 Academy Islington on November 18.
- The judges are Romeo & Lisa Maffia (So Solid Crew), Scorcher (Actor & MC), Orin Lewis (Founder of ACLT).
*Delete Blood Cancer UK launched in the UK in February 2013. Our key mission is to recruit, retain and motivate potential stem cell donors to save patients’ lives. We are part of the DKMS family of organisations worldwide.
Peer outreach initiatives are proven to be an effective method of health promotion, particularly in reducing health inequalities within BME communities. Kidney Research UK launched A Better Life through Education and Empowerment (ABLE) programme in 2001 to raise awareness of kidney disease in BME communities. As part of this, a peer outreach programme was rolled out in London in 2010. A recently published journal article outlines the impact that this outreach programme has had in increasing the number of BME people registering as organ donors in the UK.
You can access the full article here.
It’s About Time is a Mary Seacole Award Production in association with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, NHS Health Education England and One Voice. Produced by Angela Ditchfield, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation, NHS Blood and Transplant. It has been filmed in Blackburn and Darwen to raise awareness of organ donation into BME community.