More black and minority ethnic organ donors needed in Greater Glasgow and Clyde
As Black History Month draws to a close, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is urging black and minority ethnic (BME) people to join the rising numbers of people saving lives in their community by registering as blood and organ donors.
More people from BME backgrounds are now donating their organs after they have died, but there is still an urgent shortage of donors to help black patients who need lifesaving or life enhancing organ transplants.
The number of BME people donating their organs after they have died, and those donating a kidney during their lifetime remains low, and more BME organ donors are urgently needed.
Although many BME 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. Unfortunately, donation rates from these communities are a lot lower than for white people.
More than a third of those on the waiting list for a kidney transplant are from BME communities, and they wait, on average, a year longer than their white counterparts.
In the UK, the BME community are three times more likely to need an organ transplant and three times less likely to be organ donors.
Megan Reid, Specialist Nurse Organ Donation said: “Donors save and improve lives. We are incredibly grateful to every person who joins the NHS Organ Donor Register, and to those inspirational families who say yes to organ donation after a loved one has died.
“More BME people are saving lives in these ways. But there is still an urgent need for people in the black community to help others who depend on a match with a donor from a similar ethnic background.
“Please, make Black History Month the time you take action to save lives in your community. Please join the NHS Organ Donor Register, and talk to your family and friends about your decision.”
Please join the Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]