Washington, DC – National Minority Donor Awareness Week (August 1-7) is a special observance designed to heighten awareness about the need to increase donation participation among all ethnic minority populations. The key focus in 2019 is on living donation among minorities. This is due to the fact that living donation rates among African Americans and Latinx have decreased by 3-5%.
The number one problem in transplantation has always been and still remains today – the shortage of donors. Minorities wait twice as long for transplants and they continue to have a disproportionately higher incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which lead to organ failure, especially kidney failure.
Approximately 22 persons die daily awaiting a transplant due to the donor shortage, therefore, National Minority Donor Awareness Week is another important effort to promote the positive messages that are necessary for the minority community to become organ, eye and tissue donors.
The waiting list currently stands at more than 113,000 with more than 60% representing ethnic minorities.
In partnership with the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, the 2019 National Minority Donor Awareness Week Toolkit is now available for download and public dissemination. For resources and more information please visit here. You’ll find stories, two versions of donation facts, statistics, and general social media graphics with and without the Donate Life logo and national registry. Feel free to localize any of the toolkit contents and hashtag #NMDAW on social media.
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AMAT was established in 1992 to address the increasing need for organ and tissue donors in the multicultural communities while simultaneously offering support, shared expertise and professional development opportunities for its members as they save and heal lives. AMAT is a self-sustaining, self- governed organization operating solely on voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and other affiliated organizations. For more information, visit: www.AMAT1.org.