More than 300 people attended an event in Leicester at the weekend encouraging members of the Asian community to consider organ donation.
– Dr Margaret Ince, Chair of the Leicestershire Kidney Patients' Association
Organ donation not only gives joy and life to the recipients, and their families and friends, but also helps the donor's family come to terms with their loss by finding benefit in this 'gift of life' to others.
Any barriers putting members of the Asian community off donating organs will be tackled at a conference in Leicester today.
– Dr Sejal Saglani, Head of BAPS Health Care and volunteer of BAPS Charities
Although almost a quarter of all patients awaiting transplantation are of Asian origin, only 1.3% of subjects registered for organ donation are from an Asian background. Our main aim is to address this huge discrepancy by raising awareness of the importance of organ donation, and providing specific information to allow Hindus to feel more comfortable about this issue. We need to help to make a difference and save lives.
A temple in Leicester will be encouraging people to consider organ donation today.
At the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir they want people to know that Hinduism is fully supportive of organ donation.
There will be speeches from medical experts and testimonies from donors and recipients.