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Organ donation is the gift of an organ to someone who needs it. There are over 3000 organ transplants in the UK every year. However, due to a gap between the number of available organs and the number of people on the organ waiting list, three people a die a day waiting for a transplant.
People from BAME communities are both more likely to require an organ transplant, but at the same time are less likely to be on the organ register.
Statistics from African-Caribbean and South Asian communities are particularly arresting.
- They have an increased susceptibility to diabetes and high blood pressure, which can lead to organ failure
- They are likely to wait for donors for longer than other patients due to a severe lack of registered donors from the same ethnic backgrounds.
These statistics show why organ donation by people from BAME backgrounds is so important. However, research suggests that people from BAME communities may be more likely to experience assumed cultural or religious barriers to donation, confusion about who can donate and receive organs, a reluctance to discuss death, and fear of bodily disfigurement. This site provides more information on how organ donation can fit with your religious views, answers some of the questions you may have and signposts towards other organisations that can provide more information.
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