According to HRSA almost 60% of the national transplant waiting list is made up of men, women and children from multicultural populations. This is because some diseases of the kidney, heart, lung, pancreas, and liver are found more frequently in these populations.
Transplant success rates increase when organs are matched between members of the same ethnic and racial group. For multicultural communities, there is a shortage of organs available for transplantation due to the lack of registered donors from these populations. Consequently, a lack of organs donated by minorities make the waiting 2 times longer for the multicultural population.
There are many ways to raise awareness in the multicultural community, such as learning the truths about organ and tissue donation, reviewing resources for faith communities, liking us on Facebook and following on Twitter, and scheduling a speaker for your organization today.
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