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12 October European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation

#ISupportOrganDonation #GiveYearsofGoodLife #EODD2019

Shortage of organs, tissues and cells
for transplantation in Europe

Demand for organ transplantation is increasing all over the world, but there are not enough organs available to meet the need. This shortage of organs is now the limiting factor in treating many patients with chronic organ failure and has led to high numbers of patients on waiting lists.

Last year, over 150 000 patients were registered on organ waiting lists in Europe.

Although 41 000 patients received a transplant, 48 000 new patients were registered at some point last year on waiting lists, the equivalent of nearly six new patients on organ waiting lists every hour.

Thousands of patients on waiting lists. A chronic lack of organs, tissues and cells. The result: on average, 18 while waiting for an organ transplant in Europe.

More Donors = More Hope!

Every single person has a role to play in helping others.

Discover the stories of Anna, George, Daniel and Julia:





Say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation!

The European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) aims to stimulate dialogue and encourage European citizens to say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation.

Find out about this year’s celebrations in London (United Kingdom), sponsored by NHS Blood and Transplant, with the support of the EDQM, Council of Europe.

Let's talk about organ, TISSUE AND CELL DONATION!

If you would like to save or improve the lives of many others even after your demise, you must talk to your relatives and friends about your position and choice concerning donation. You may also encourage them to say yes to donation!

Spread the message in favour of organ, tissue and cell donation!

Share and support EODD on social media:
#ISupportOrganDonation #GiveYearsofGoodLife #EODD2019

Donate during your lifetime as well!

  Consider helping others during your lifetime by registering to donate your stem cells, found in your bone marrow, or peripheral blood, which can be used for the treatment of blood disorders and immune diseases.

  When a baby is born, you can donate the umbilical cord blood, which is also rich in stem cells, and/or the placenta.

  You may also consider helping others to fulfil their dream of becoming parents by donating oocytes (women) or sperm (men).

Say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation!

Find out all about donation and transplantation in your country and talk about your choice with your family, friends and colleagues!

Let's Talk about it!

Let's talk about it!


Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity."

His Holiness Pope Francis


Giving is the greatest of Buddhist virtues. The Buddha in a previous life gave his body to a starving tigress who could not feed her cubs. There are many such Jātakas Tales, some in which he even gave his eyes to someone who wanted them. What loss do I suffer to give an unwanted organ after my death to give another person life?"

Dr Desmond Biddulph CBE, Chairman of the Buddhist Society


Organ donation is consistent with Hindu beliefs as it can help to save the life of others."

The Late Mr Om Parkash Sharma MBE, President, National Council of Hindu Temples UK


If you happened to be ill and in need of a transplant, you certainly would wish that someone would help you by providing the needed organ."

Sheikh Dr MA Zaki Badawi, Principal, Muslim College, London


One who saves a single life – it is as if he has saved an entire world."

Pirke D’Rav Eliezer, Chapter 48


The Sikh religion teaches that life continues after death in the soul, and not the physical body. The last act of giving and helping others through organ donation is both consistent with and in the spirit of Sikh teachings.."

Lord Singh of Wimbledon CBE, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations, UK (endorsed by Sikh Authorities in Amritsar, Punjab)


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