This year, Italy hosted the 16th edition of EODD on Saturday, 11 October, in Rome.
The need for organ transplants is increasing worldwide. The on-going lack of available organs has resulted in an increase in the number of patients on the waiting list. In 2012, in the European Union (EU) alone, 61,000 people were waiting for organ donations. Each day, on average, 12 people died while waiting for a transplant.
The idea behind this Day, initiated by the Council of Europe, is to help a different member state each year to encourage debate and provide information on organ donation and transplantation, legal and medical measures so that each person can decide on donation and make their wishes known to their family.
It is about helping member states to promote organ donation and transplantation, and mobilise hospitals and professionals on the identification of potential donors. It is also an opportunity to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank transplantation professionals throughout Europe whose hard work helps saving lives and improving the quality of life of many people.