What is the Attitude of Africans towards Blood and Organ Donation?
One of the major threats to the future of health in African Communities is the severe lack of sufficient blood and organ donors. Africans people are 4-5x more likely to need an organ transplant but less than 2% of people on most Health Service Organ Donor Registers are of African descent. The number is clearly exponential in Africa, where the condition is even grimmer.
A study finds that one of the reasons is that African donors are more likely to donate to family members, or other closely related recipients. Unlike people of European descent who were are likely to be unrelated to the recipients of their organs. Organ donation is still a taboo in some discussions from African, Asian, mixed race communities. Understanding why such discrepancies exist could help reduce concerns about organ donation and assist in the development of specialized encouragement strategies for new donors in the African communities.
It's natural to have questions or possibly concerns, and so we invite you to talk to our team in about what it means to become an organ donor. The more we can understand what contributes to people’s willingness to donate blood or organs, the better job we can do of educating potential living donors about the need and allay fears about the risks.
Join us as we explore this very important topic on African Health Dialogue
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