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Gov't campaign will focus on urgent shortage of BAME donors


A RISING proportion of people who die in need of a transplant is from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) background despite more families in these communities supporting organ donation.

Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show that 21 percent of people who died on the waiting list last year was from a BAME background compared with 15 percent a decade ago.

Today (Jul 18) the Government announces a new campaign in England to address the urgent need for donors revealed in NHS Blood and Transplant’s annual report into organ donation in BAME communities.

The campaign aims to increase donation rates by raising awareness and breaking down barriers to donation within these communities. The Government has commissioned NHS Blood and Transplant to deliver the campaign with support from the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA).

Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I am delighted that this year more people than ever from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds have received life-saving transplants. This shows great progress, but the fact remains that if you are from any one of these communities you are more likely to need a transplant, for the simple reason that you are more likely to suffer from a disease that requires a transplant. At the same time, you are less likely to get a transplant than if you were white.

“The campaign we are launching today will be a driving force to save more lives. The Government, MPs, faith leaders, charities, campaigners, influencers, friends and families, all have a role to play to address myths and barriers and bring attention to the lifesaving power of donation.

“Our project will start with a community investment scheme to enable local groups to deliver this vital work. For now, I would ask on behalf of everyone who has received a transplant, and everyone who is waiting for the life-changing news that an organ has been found - sign up to donate and give the gift of life.”

The full report into organ donation for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in 2017/18 can be viewed in advance at

Visit the NHS Organ Donation website to sign up.

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