Urgent calls for BAME communities to sign up to organ donation register

NHS figures show that last year 1 in 5 people who died on the Transplant Waiting List were from black, asian and minority ethnic communities.

Today, representatives from across different faiths and cultures, came together in Leeds to share their experiences and urge people from BAME communities to sign up to the organ donation register.

Why does ethnicity matter in organ donation?

People from black and Asian communities are more likely to develop conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis than white people. This makes them more likely to need a transplant.

Blood and tissue types need to match for a successful transplant.

Although many black and Asian patients are able to receive a transplant from a white donor, for many the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background.

While some people with a black or Asian background go on to donate when they die each year, this is not enough to meet the needs of all patients waiting for a transplant from those communities.

  • Below is the link to register to be an organ donor:

https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/

Organ donation event in Leeds Credit: ITV Calendar