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The Hindu Organ Donation Faith Roadshow was held at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – popularly known as the Neasden Temple – on Saturday 13 March 2010 with the help of BAPS Charities. The roadshow was organised by the NHS Blood and Transplant unit (NHSBT) as part of a nationwide campaign aimed at raising awareness about the lack of people on the national Organ Donor Register and encouraging them to sign up.
The Roadshow forms a part of a series of events being held by NHSBT at churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and gurudwaras to reach out to various faith-based and other communities.
Approximately 300 attendees attended the event at the Mandir (Hindu temple). From these, 113 signed onto the register with many others considering signing up in the near future.
Dr Mayank Shah, Head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha’s Health Services in the UK, shared: “Feedback from the roadshow was very positive with many Hindus rightly observing that signing the Organ Donor Register was indeed a good deed. The information that was distributed was also very useful and we hope people will use this to start a conversation about organ donation with loved ones.”
- On average, 3 people who need a transplant die every day in the UK waiting for a suitable match.
- The need for a transplant in the South Asian community is 3 times higher than that of the general population.
- Yet only 1% of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register are from the South Asian community.
For more information about organ donation or to register, please call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23, text REGISTER to 84880, or visit http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ukt/default.jsp.
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