Be ready to save lives
Become a donor!
12 October European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation
Europe lacks organs, tissues and cells for transplantation
Demand for organ transplantation is on the increase all over the world, but there are not enough organs available to meet the demand. The 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.
More than 142 000 patients were on
waiting lists to receive an organ in 2016.
In Europe, 41 554 patients received transplants in 2016, but 49 092 new patients were added to waiting lists. Every hour in Europe nearly 6 new patients are added to a waiting list to receive an organ.
Thousands of patients on waiting lists. A chronic lack of organs, tissues and cells. 6 949 patients died waiting for a transplant in 2016 – an increase of 4% on the previous year. On average, 19 people die every day 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, Georges, Daniel and Julia:
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.
Let's talk about organ, TISSUE AND CELL DONATION!
If you would like to save or improve the life of many others on the day you die, let your relatives and friends aware about your position/choice concerning donation. You may also encourage them to say yes to donation.
Figures and attitudes vary across Europe, but on average 33% of families refused to let the organs of a recently deceased family member be given for donation. Most families may not be fully aware of the wishes of their deceased loved-ones, because the issue of organ donation was never discussed and death came unexpectedly.
Donate also when you are alive:
You can also consider helping others while you are alive 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.
Or after your 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 your oocytes (women) or sperm (men).
Say yes to organ, tissue and cell donation!
Find out all the information about donation and transplantation in your country and talk about your choice with your family, friends and colleagues!
Organ donation after death is a noble and meritorious act and is to be encouraged as an expression of generous solidarity
Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome
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, 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)