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 Promoting blood and organ donation within Southwark’s black and south Asian community

A community summit is being hosted by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and Neil Coyle MP on 16 February, to encourage blood and organ donation within the black and South Asian community of Southwark.

To get the best treatment, patients need closely matched blood, which is most likely to come from someone with the same ethnicity.  In Southwark, there are only 151 blood donors from the black community and more are needed.

Having the right mix of donors and blood types is essential to ensure NHSBT can meet the needs of all patients who need lifesaving treatment. Across England they urgently need 40,000 new black donors to give blood and help save the lives of patients with sickle cell disease.

Similarly, patients from black and South Asian communities are over-represented on the transplant waiting list; 29% of patients are from ethnic minorities but comprise around 11% of the total UK population. In Southwark there are 40 people from the BAME community on the active transplant waiting list.

The summit aims to bring together faith, community and political leaders and ask them to encourage conversation within their local community about blood and organ donation. If you are interested in attending, or would like to find out more, contact sam.hargreaves@nhsbt.nhs.uk