In 2015, Portugal hosted the 17th edition of EODD in Lisbon on Saturday, 10 October.
The celebrations started on the 9th of October with a majestic show that was marked by the tribute to organ donors and their families, to transplant patients and professionals who work on behalf of a national transplant system responsible, non-commercial, ethical, and professionals.
The Council of Europe celebrates EODD
Organ Donation: Let's talk about it!
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 the European Union (EU) alone, 70,000 people were waiting for organ donations. Each day, on average, 14 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.