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Cyprus tops living donor list

By Evie Andreou

CYPRUS ranks third among the countries with the most living organ donors in the world, but it is at the bottom of the list when it comes to deceased donors, Health minister George Pamborides said yesterday.

“Lack of organs is a large problem worldwide due to the imbalance between available organs for transplant and the number of patients on waiting lists,” Pamborides said, speaking at an event to launch an awareness campaign to encourage more people to become organ donors.

The campaign is a private initiative, developed by Mikis Christodoulou in cooperation with the organisation of people with kidney disorders and the Cyprus transplant association, and it is under the auspices of the health ministry.

Health minister Girogos Pamborides
Health minister George Pamborides

In Cyprus today, Pamborides added, 58 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. “And although there is no patient list for lung, heart, and liver transplants due to the small number of cases, on average, ten cases are presented each year”, he said.

In 2014, five cadaveric donors made nine transplants possible, the minister said, and there were also 22 transplants from living donors.

“In total, Cyprus ranks among the last countries in the world with 6.47 deceased donors per million population. For living donors, Cyprus is the third country with 28 donors per million,” Pamborides said.

He added that the awareness campaign aims to increase the number of donors and overcome the lack of information on organ donation and to dispel any confusion, fears and prejudices.

“The common goal of both parties involved is for organ donation to become part of our consciousness, in the knowledge that the transplant is the conscious choice to give the gift of life,” Pamborides said.

In Cyprus, responsible for the coordination of the national donor list, the Cyprus potential organ and tissue donor registry, is the Transplantation Council, which is appointed every three years by the Cabinet.

Pamborides said that his ministry has included €50,000 in the 2016 budget to contribute to the campaign as a way of assisting the Cyprus potential organ and tissue donor registry to achieve its goals.

The form for registration in the national donor list, can be found here

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