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Calls for international database on organ donations

Researchers say there should be an international database containing the very latest information about organ donations and transplants, so policy makers can make informed decisions on whether to adopt an opt-out or opt-in system.

Researchers say more information is needed on organ donation Credit: PA

The call comes after a study, carried out by The University of Nottingham, the University of Stirling and Northumbria University, showed that overall an opt-out system might provide a greater number of organs for transplant but many factors can influence the success of either system.

The research, published today in the online academic journal BioMed Central Medicine (BMC Medicine), is the first international comparison that examines both deceased as well as living organ/transplant rates in opt-in and opt-out systems.

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'Only 1.3% of people registered for organ donation are Asian'

Any barriers putting members of the Asian community off donating organs will be tackled at a conference in Leicester today.

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.

– Dr Sejal Saglani, Head of BAPS Health Care and volunteer of BAPS Charities

Raising awareness about organ donation within the Asian community

A temple in Leicester is encouraging people to consider organ donation Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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Daughter of a man whose organs were donated now needs a liver transplant

As part of a series of special reports marking ITV's 'From The Heart' campaign, we're raises awareness of organ donations here in the Midlands.

We've met with a woman who agreed to donate her husband's organs after he died suddenly. But there's more heartache for the family as their teenage daughter now needs a liver transplant.

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