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European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation

Public awareness
10 October 2020
Warsaw, Poland

The EDQM/Council of Europe organises the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) every year in a different country to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation, as a way of saving and improving lives.

EODD usually takes place on the second Saturday of October and is aimed at encouraging public debate and reflection on the topic. The standards set by the EDQM/Council of Europe is what ensures that organ donation and transplantation in Europe is responsible, ethical, professional and non-commercial. EODD also aims at inviting the medical community and policy-makers across Europe to reflect on the importance of this life saving therapy.

Most of all, EODD is an opportunity to honour all organ donors and their families and to thank transplantation professionals throughout Europe whose hard work helps to save lives and improve the quality of life of many people.

2019 European Awareness Campaign

The EDQM provides information on organ donation and makes available informative materials for everyone to use. Everyone can become an ambassador of organ, tissue and cell donation in Europe: spread the word around you!

The campaign for EODD 2019 includes:

  • A slogan: ‘You have all it takes. Have you considered becoming a donor?’
  • A poster that can be personalised to support the cause: organ recipients can share their stories and how transplantation had an impact on their lives
  • Specific # hashtags have been created: #ISupportOrganDonation  #GiveYearsofGoodLife  #EODD2019

Facts and Figures concerning Organ Donation and Transplantation

Find here some facts and figures on organ donation and transplantation in Europe, according to the most recent data available (full detail in the Newsletter Transplant 2019 ).

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