One organ and tissue donor can benefit more than 75 people and save up to eight lives. With more than 4,400 people in Canada waiting for a transplant right now and only a fraction of Canadians registered as donors, the need is critical.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor announced an additional $3.4 million in funding over two years for Canadian Blood Services to further improve the organ and tissue donation and transplantation system in Canada. The funding will be used to target four priority areas: public education and awareness campaigns, professional education, development and implementation of best practices, and system improvements to promote effective and timely access to care.
National Organ and Tissue and Awareness Donation Week, April 21-27, makes the recent federal government funding announcement timely.
“Organ and tissue donation saves lives and benefits both individual recipients and their families,” said Petitpas Taylor. “I encourage all Canadians to talk to their loved ones about this important issue. Make sure that they know your wishes and that you know theirs.”
The federal, provincial and territorial governments have invested more than $70 million since 2008 to support efforts by Canadian Blood Services to provide a national coordination role for the country’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation system.
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