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Organ Donations Remain Low Despite Funding Boost

24 January 2013


Organ Donations Remain Low Despite Funding Boost


New figures released by Organ Donation New Zealand show that there were just 38 organ donors last year.

This is despite the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall announcing a funding boost of 4 million dollars last year to try and raise donor numbers.

New Zealand has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the developed world. Last year we fared slightly better than Israel but were behind Cuba and Iceland.
Spain has approximately 32 donors per million of population, compared with our 9.

Organ Donor Campaigner Andy Tookey is not surprised by the continued low donor rates.

“We have exactly the same number of donors as we did ten years ago.
Parliament’s Health Select Committee, in response to my petition were equally concerned and made a number of recommendations, one of which was a public awareness campaign.
Ten years on from that report we still have had no progress.”

“There are plenty more potential donors, but we know that up to 60% do not become donors because families refuse consent.
A public awareness campaign would encourage families to discuss their wishes with each other and maybe lessen that refusal rate.”

Mr Tookey is also concerned that the Minister of Health is ‘putting all of his eggs in one basket’ by giving in to continued extra funding requests by the Organ Donor Service with no increase in outcome.

“It is time to try other initiatives to increase the organ donor rate such as paying the funeral expenses of organ donors. More people would be prepared to discuss being a donor with their family if they knew that the financial burden of a funeral would be taken off their family at an already tragic time.
“It’s ironic that many people already get a funeral grant from either being a beneficiary or from ACC, but donors who go on to save the lives of, or improve the quality of life for up to ten people get nothing in recognition of their contribution to society.” Said Mr Tookey.

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