Organ donation and ethnicity

For many patients in need of a transplant the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background.

Be the difference

If you are Black, Asian or belong to a minority ethnic group, your decision to become an organ donor could increase the chances of someone from the same ethnic background finding a suitable match.

You could even save someone's life. 

Did you know?

Black, Asian and minority ethnic patients often have to wait significantly longer for a successful match than white patients, due to a shortage of suitably matched donors. 

If more people with these ethnic backgrounds donated their organs after death, or as a living donor, then transplant waiting times would reduce.

About organ donation

Want to find out more before making your decision? Get the facts about organ donation and registering your decision, or learn more about organ donation and your beliefs.

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