National Minority Donor Awareness Day is aimed at increasing awareness of the problems of donation among national minorities. This day informs people about the need to donate and inspires them to become donors. Another important task of this day is to instill in people the habit of a healthy lifestyle.
National Minority Donor Awareness Day is part of National Minority Donor Awareness Week. The need came about due to the fact that blood and organs of people of the same ethnic group have a much higher compatibility than those of members of different ethnic groups. The lack of donors among African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and other ethnic minorities leads to severe complications and death among those who need blood transfusions or organ transplants. The appearance of a special day that draws attention to this problem had a positive impact on awareness and the number of people who became donors.
- The first transplant of an organ (kidney) which preserved the donor’s life happened in 1954.
- If a person donates their organs after death for a transplant, they can save up to eight people. However, only a small percentage of deaths allow post-mortem donation.
- Organ donation has no age limit.
How to take part
Donate blood or make a decision to become an organ donor by announcing it. Even if you do not belong to minorities, your example can inspire other ethnic groups as well. If this is not possible, donate money to a charitable foundation or organize a fundraiser yourself. If you have already donated an organ or, on the contrary, were saved thanks to a donation, tell us about it on social networks. Simple conversations about it among friends will also help to popularize the idea of donation, because many good deeds begin with conversations and discussions.
When is National Minority Donor Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
National Minority Donor Awareness Day is observed on August 1 each year.