USI Calls on Students to Become Organ Donors

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is supporting national Organ Donation Awareness Week 2011 by urging students nationwide to sign up to become potential organ donors.  

 

As part of Organ Donor Awareness Week, which takes place from 2-9 April, stands will be set-up in colleges nationwide where students can collect organ donor cards.

Posters will be also displayed and special talks will be given on campuses nationwide to promote the benefits and importance of organ donation.

Students will be encouraged to avail of the soon-to-be-launched, new organ donor card, which will allow people to record their wishes via smart phone application.

The year 2010 saw a record fall in Irish organ donations, according to the Irish Kidney Association (IKA).

 

In 2010, there were 58 deceased organ donors, leading to 151 transplants. This represented a 35% fall in the number of donors compared with the previous year.

Some of the major teaching hospitals only saw one or two patients providing organs for the national transplant service. 

The IKA has voiced concerns that families of potential donors in hospital are not being approached because of staffing shortages and work pressures in the country’s intensive care units. 

USI is focused on raising awareness about the ongoing and increasing demand for organ donation and transplantation, and to encourage students nationwide to carry an organ donor card.

 

USI President, Gary Redmond, said:

 

It is a sad fact that, while medical science and surgical techniques have become so advanced, there are still hundreds of people on the organ transplant list. The number of organ donors in Ireland is on the decrease, and this is something that we need to change.

USI is supporting Organ Donor Awareness Week in the hope of highlighting of the importance of this organ donation among the students of Ireland. Becoming an organ donor gives you the opportunity to save the lives of others.

At the moment, there are more than 650 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving organ transplants including heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas. Becoming on organ donor is a very selfless act, which allows sick people like these a chance to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

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For further information, please contact:

 

Gillian Tsoi, USI Communications Officer:            01 7099300

Gary Redmond, USI President:                               087 9606130

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