If you believe in
organ donation, prove it
Only 29% of us have joined the NHS
Organ Donor Register. Yet nearly all of us would take an organ if
we needed one.
The NHS Organ Donor Register records the details of nearly
18 million people who have registered their wishes to donate organs
and/or tissue after their death.
In 2010, more than 2,700 patients' lives were saved through organ
donation. However, more than 10,000 people in the UK are waiting
for a transplant. Of these, 1000 each year - that's three a day -
will die waiting as there are not enough organs available.
Anyone can register on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Age is not a
barrier to becoming and organ or tissue donor and neither are most
medical conditions. One donor can save or transform up to nine
lives through organ donation.
Black and south Asian communities
Black and south Asian people living in the UK are three times more
likely to need an organ transplant than the general population.
This is because these communities are more susceptible to illnesses
such as diabetes, kidney disease and heart disease, which may
result in organ failure.
Low donation rates
Donated organs need to be carefully matched to the recipient to
ensure blood and tissue groups are compatible. An organ is more
likely to be a close match, and as a result, a transplant is much
more likely to be successful, if the donor and recipient have the
same ethnic origin.
Unfortunately, while there is an urgent need for donor organs from
the Black and south Asian community, around three percent of those
on the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR) are Black or south Asian.
This drastically reduces the chances of finding a successful match.
It also means Black and south Asian people have to wait on average
about three times as long as a white person for a kidney
Right now over 1800 Black and south Asian people in the UK are
waiting for a transplant. Some of whom will die while
If more people registered, more lives could be saved.
If you believe in organ donation, prove it.
To find out more information or to register to become an organ
donor, please visit
For more information about the Newham Donation Partnership or to
get involved email