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Overview | Organ Shortages Critical | Information for the South Asian Community | Organs by Race?
Asian Attitudes to Organ Donation | Organ Donation and Transplantation - The Multi-Faith Perspective
Important Facts | Our Problem & Our Responsibility | Organs for Sale | One Man's Story
One Man's Story - Ten Years On | Anup Nahar's Story | Walk in Love and Hope
Living Transplants Reach All Time High | Ethnicity & Renal Failure: Disparity or Diversity
Early Management of Renal Failure: Prevention or Prevarication? | Asian Organ Donors Urgently Needed
Kidney Disease: the silent killer affecting YOU - and how to prevent it | The Body Snatchers
SADP Endorses PM'S Proposal for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation
Celebrities Back New Campaign To Urge Asian Communities To Join The NHS Organ Donor Register
New Book - 'Thankyou for Life' | SADP supports Healthtalkonline.org - organ donation & transplantation

SADP Endorses PM'S Proposal for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation

South Asian Development Partnership wishes to add its support to the new proposal set out by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

There are some 8,000 people waiting for a transplant in this country. The number of transplants carried out are only 3,000. Over 1,000 people die every year due to the extreme shortage of organs. On the other hand, every day people die with their organs not being utilized. The advances in transplantation and post operative care have increased the success rates for transplants significantly.

Given the growing demographics of ethnic minorities in the UK and an ageing population in the South Asian community, this is the only way we will be able to cope with the rising numbers of people on the transplant waiting list. South Asians have a 4-6 higher incidence of renal failure resulting in a need for dialysis and transplantation. Although we represent some 4% of the total UK population, we comprise just under 20% of all those on the transplant waiting list.

There are hundreds of children who are tied to a dialysis machine 3 times a week for up to 3 hours a session while they should be at school and enjoying their youth by receiving a transplant.

Evidence has shown that in countries where the presumed consent system operates, including Belgium, Spain and Austria, waiting lists have shortened dramatically.

Deepak Mahtani, International Director of SADP and a kidney transplant recipient says:

We are delighted that the Prime Minister has proposed to explore the presumed consent system for the UK. Based on our research, some 80% of people interviewed have no objection to giving of their organs but either never get around to it or don’t inform their relatives. When they are in ICU or die, it is a very awkward time to speak and ask their relatives. This new system will avoid these difficulties. The soft option where family members still have a say would ensure a fair and honest system.

We must ensure the dignity of the human body and respect the wishes, whether cultural or religious, of a small minority of people who choose not to give of their organs. However, the opt-out system is the only way we will be able to ensure the most effective use of organs of the deceased while providing a new lease of life to thousands more people every year.

Overview | Organ Shortages Critical | Information for the South Asian Community | Organs by Race?
Asian Attitudes to Organ Donation | Organ Donation and Transplantation - The Multi-Faith Perspective
Important Facts | Our Problem & Our Responsibility | Organs for Sale | One Man's Story
One Man's Story - Ten Years On | Anup Nahar's Story | Walk in Love and Hope
Living Transplants Reach All Time High | Ethnicity & Renal Failure: Disparity or Diversity
Early Management of Renal Failure: Prevention or Prevarication? | Asian Organ Donors Urgently Needed
Kidney Disease: the silent killer affecting YOU - and how to prevent it | The Body Snatchers
SADP Endorses PM'S Proposal for Presumed Consent for Organ Donation
Celebrities Back New Campaign To Urge Asian Communities To Join The NHS Organ Donor Register
New Book - 'Thankyou for Life' | SADP supports Healthtalkonline.org - organ donation & transplantation

   


 
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