Reports and Research
Ending the Silent Crisis was commissioned by Eleanor Smith MP, looks into blood, stem cell and organ donation within Black, Asian, Mixed Race and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England.
It combines research into the context and current thought around BAME donation with key findings from the public consultation. Over several years the number of eligible donors has fallen while BAME patients in need of blood, stem cells and organs has risen. The situation has reached a point of extremity that some have called a ‘silent crisis’.
The report makes some very key recommendations for improving rates of donation. It calls for
• An overarching strategy that sets out collaboration between local, national and international organisations is essential.
• Good practice models must be funded and supported in more areas with communities in need.
• Creating a culture of normality around donation is crucial to raising donor rates. Engagement through national and local media has a vital role to play in achieving this.
• Investing in young members of BAME communities, for example by integrating donation within formal education, will make a huge difference to future donation rates.
• A dedicated review into faith and organ donation within BAME communities would deliver invaluable insights and is highly recommended.
• Further research is recommended into the opinions of young members of BAME communities and the specific experiences that individuals encounter when they become donors.
You can download the report here