The novel idea of organ transplantation continues to entice the imagination of successive generations with significant advancements being achieved every day. The worldwide demand for human organs has prompted researchers to look into the concept of organ donation at a closer level.
The findings of a national survey conducted among Blacks show that many often overlook a family discussion about organ donation, which is very crucial in the process of becoming an organ donor. Infact is has been established that more than 8 out of 10 African Americans unaware of the importance of speaking to their loved ones regarding their wish to become a donor.
The study was conducted in the form of a survey and nearly 92 percent of those surveyed said they would be likely to donate a family member's organs if that person had expressed the desire to be a donor. This percentage is much higher when compared to only 43 % in the other group.
The finding reflects the need for change in attitude especially in the African American community where more than 27 % are on the organ transplantation waiting list. A number of organizations working towards the cause have planned for awareness programmes amongst the public.
"If everyone who wanted to be a donor shared that wish with his or her family, we could save thousands more people every year through organ donation," said Victoria Dent, Linkages to Life program chair for The Links, Inc. and director of community relations, Upstate New York Transplant Services. "Misconceptions about organ donation still prevail, so we are working with Roche to empower our community with facts and tools to make a difference."
The programmes will be directed towards creation of an urge among family members to talk about organ donation. A free starter kit to help potential donors initiate the critical organ donation conversation would also be provided free of cost.
Local organ donors, recipients and transplant medical professionals would be encouraged to share their stories, highlighting the dire need for organ donation and transplantation in the black community.