The wait can be strenuous for many U.K.-based Indians, Pakistanis
and Bangladeshis in need of an organ transplantation.
To bridge the gap between demand and supply of organs, the NHSBT
will work with the Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation to
help train transplant coordinators understand the cultural needs of minorities.
According to experts, Asians in the U.K. wait a year longer than
people of other races, and also have three times the organ need of any other
NHSBT and MOHAN Foundation signed a
Memorandum of Understanding last Friday. The objective of the MoU is to promote
collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two organizations with the aim
of increasing organ donation rates in India and the United Kingdom.
Through the Memorandum of Understanding, NHSBT will help to
formulate guidelines on how to approach families of brain dead donors.
The MoU will also help form policies to recognise trigger
criteria for brain death, and also on optimising the potential donor.
The pact was signed by Sunil Shroff of MOHAN Foundation and James
Neuberger, associate medical director for organ donation and transplantation,
NHSBT, in the presence of J. Radhakrishnan, State health secretary.