At the end of 2015, across the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, more than 143 000 patients were waiting for an organ, such as a kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas or small bowel. But on average, 18 of them died every day waiting for an organ that did not arrive on time. More has to be done to help these European patients who are suffering from end-stage organ failure and for whom there’s no alternative cure, but organ transplant.
This year the “European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation” (EODD) will be held Saturday 9 September in Switzerland, the country selected for this year’s celebrations. The Swiss national authority Swisstransplant will be holding a public celebration in Bern. Franz Immer, Director of Swisstransplant said of the event: “We want to motivate people to think about organ donation. We want to answer questions, challenge misunderstandings and prejudices, thank donors and their families, and show our appreciation to everyone who works hard in the area of organ donation”.
Since 1 June 2017, a live ticker on www.eodd2017.ch has been keeping the count of how many persons have so far taken the decision to fill-in a donor card. Swisstransplant hopes that, by September 9, more than 100 000 people will have decided to donate their organs and tissues after their death.
The European Day for Organ Donation initiative is part of the commitment of the EDQM’s and its Committee on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) to promote awareness on organ donation in Europe and develop quality and safety standards in the area of organ and tissue donation. You can follow the EDQM’s Facebook page here for keeping up-to-date with all relevant information, and you can show your support by joining our Thunderclap challenge here.