More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need an organ transplant. Of these, 1,000 each year (three people a day) die because there are not enough organs available.
Members of the Asian community are more likely to need a transplant but will wait longer than the general population for a donor and they may not get the organ they need. Only around 1% of organ donors each year are Asian but the community makes up nearly a fifth of those who need a transplant. From these figures you can see that there is a major shortfall and that this is a major issue within our community.
Members of the Sangat Trust and the Sangat Television team began work with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust’s organ donation committee at the start of 2013 to produce a series of television shows called: Organ Donation – let’s make a difference. The first broadcast of this series commenced on Tuesday 29 October 2013 at 8.30pm on Sangat Television SKY 847 with the aim of raising awareness and dispelling myths around organ donation. These programmes containing a mix of Punjabi and English shall be broadcast at the same time every week until Tuesday 26 November.
Sangat Television urges all communities to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell their loved ones their wishes. There is a real need in the community for more donors. We all need to think about this matter very seriously, the more people that register – more lives will be saved.
The Sangat Television team feels humbled having had the opportunity to work on this project to truly make – a world of difference!