Kidneys, liver, heart, lungs ... while transplantation medicine is constantly developing, 68,000 people in the EU alone are still on waiting lists for a transplant, making the lack of organs the main obstacle to transplant medicine. In 2011, 12 people every day died, 12 people died because of the lack of available organs.
The Council of Europe is working tirelessly to promote the ethical aspects, such as the respect of donors and receivers, and the non-commercialisation of human organs, tissues and cells.
The European Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) is the steering committee in charge of organ transplantation activities at the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM). Today, 37 European member states as well as 25 worldwide observer states, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission cooperate in this area.
European Day for Organ Donation & Transplantation
The idea behind this Day, initiated by the Council of Europe, is to help a different member state each year to encourage debate and provide information on organ donation and transplantation, legal and medical measures so that each person can decide on donation and make their wishes known to their family.
It is about helping member states to promote organ donation and transplantation, and mobilise hospitals and professionals on the identification of potential donors. It is also an opportunity to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank transplantation professionals throughout Europe whose hard work helps saving lives and improving the quality of life of many people.
About the Day
In 2013, Belgium will host the 15th edition that will be celebrated on Saturday, 12 October 2013.
EDQM promotes organ donation
This year's promotional campaign includes 4 short video clips. Each clip follows a different character (Julia, Anna, Paul and George), who either become an organ donor or receive a transplant. You can watch the clips here and share them with your social network, with aim of generating lots of interest and debate on the topic of organ donation.