About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us

Canada Proposes $35 Million National Transplant Programme

by Gopalan on August 14, 2008 at 12:37 PM
Canada Proposes $35 Million National Transplant Programme

Canada is launching an ambitious multimillion dollar programme to enable patients requiring organ donation to quickly track down donors from across the country.

Canadian Blood Services announced Tuesday that provincial and territorial health ministers have expanded the agency's mandate from blood to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Federal, provincial and territorial governments are contributing $35 million over the next five years to fund the program.


It's hoped that the new system will lead to fair allocation of organs to those who need them most and save lives, said Dr. Stephen Beed, medical advisor to the Nova Scotia Organ and Tissue Donation Program.

"It's a complex system that will take some time to change," Beed told CBC News on Wednesday. "But I'm very optimistic that in a three- to five-year timeline, things will absolutely be better."

The new system will raise standards and encourage more education among health care providers and the public, he added.

Canada is unable to keep pace with the demand for organs. Unlike other developed countries, it has lacked a national transplant system, which resulted in wildly varying rates of organ donation between provinces.

On Dec. 31, 2007, 4,195 Canadians were on wait-lists for organ transplants. In the same year, 193 Canadians died waiting for an organ transplant, according to Ottawa-based Canadian Blood Services.

Under the new system, provincial transplant agencies will collaborate to match patients and donors across Canada more quickly.

The registries will include:

Patients urgently needing organs.
Those seeking kidneys or lungs from living donors.
People who wish to donate organs when they die.

All provinces and territories have signed onto the new national system, with the exception of Quebec, which has its own provincial agency.

Source: Medindia
Font : A-A+



Latest Organ Donation News

Be a Hero Even After Death : State Honors for Organ Donors in Tamilnadu
Tamilnadu to implement state honors for last rites of Organ Donors in the state- a welcome move
Second-Ever Pig Heart Transplant Rescues Ailing Patient in the U.S.
In a historic surgical achievement, U.S. medical professionals successfully transplanted a pig's heart into an end-stage cardiovascular disease patient.
Emotional Side of Neonatal Organ Donation
Groundbreaking study advocates neonatal kidney transplantation as the answer to the organ shortage crisis, shedding light on the challenges faced by families.
2 US Lung Transplant Patients Afflicted by Deadly Bacterial Infection
Two people in the US, who underwent lung transplantation, have been infected with a deadly bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
10,000 to Pledge Organ Donation on September 16
As per the Ministry, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will initiate the organ donation pledge at Agra's GIC Ground, UP.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
Greetings! How can I assist you?MediBot

Canada Proposes $35 Million National Transplant Programme Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests