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.
The Scottish Government has pledged a further £22,000 to fund the continuing roll out of Kidney Research UK’s peer educator project in Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Nearly 400 people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in Scotland last year, with the use of peer educators seeing discussions around organ donation in locations such as Gurdwaras (Sikh places of worship) , Mandirs (Hindu temples) and the annual Mela festivals in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The initiative seeks to address the chronic shortage of organ donors from BAME communities and peer educators have spoken to their communities about issues such as kidney health and the risk of kidney disease, offering practical help and advice, explaining the reasons for the increased risk and suggesting lifestyle changes that could help to prevent disease.
See the press release from the Scottish Government.
Hospitals in the West Midlands have sought to tackle the shortfall in organ donors from minority ethnic backgrounds, by calling for Muslims to sign up to the organ register for Ramadan. Highlighting the confusion over whether organ donation is permissible under Islam, representatives argue that there is nothing in the Koran to expressedly forbid it, and that the shortage of donors is often due to a willingness amongst individuals to accept donor organs, but not offer up their own.
The full story is available on the BBC website.