Thu 12th December, 2013
THE University's Professor of Diversity in Public Health, Gurch Randhawa, has authored a new action plan aimed at boosting organ donation rates among religious communities.
Developed by religious leaders in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), the Faith Engagement and Organ Donation Action Plan will see a range of initiatives employed to tackle faith-related barriers to organ donation and urge followers to actively support donation.
The plan – the culmination of several months of work to bring together ideas from different religious perspectives – includes:
Professor Randhawa said: “It is so important for members of the public to discuss organ donation with their family and I am delighted that faith communities are supporting this endeavour.”
A key aim of the plan is to increase donation rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK, given the urgent need for more organ donors from these communities. While over 1200 people donated their organs after death in the UK during 2012/13, only 56 were from BAME communities.