43 Commonwealth nations band together to promote organ donation and address health disparities

43 Commonwealth countries and 19 international organisations have joined together to exchange expertise in organ donation and transplantation . The Commonwealth Tribute to Life Initiative is the culmination of three years of development .

LONDON (LONDON) – 43 Commonwealth countries and 19 international organisations have joined together to exchange expertise in organ donation and transplantation, thereby saving more lives around the world.The Commonwealth Tribute to Life Initiative, led by NHS Blood and Transplant, is the culmination of three years of development and provides a framework for the exchange of experience and knowledge in order to improve ethical organ donation and transplantation.It aims to foster health equity for all Commonwealth citizens.We're glad to see so many members of the organ donation and transplant community from around the world come together in a joint effort to raise organ donation rates and save more lives, said Dr Satya Sharma MBE, the West Midlands Deputy Lord Lieutenant who has chaired the initiative.

The initiative, which is an official legacy project of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and part of the Games United By Birmingham 2022 community initiative, provides a unique opportunity to enhance the prevalence of organ and tissue donation and transplantation around the world.To commemorate this day, organ donation representatives from many of the countries that signed up to a common Memorandum of Understanding, as well as transplant recipients and living donors from across the UK with Commonwealth Heritage have joined together in a moving video depicting the team of volunteers passing a virtual heart around the world, from the UK, to Barbados, South Africa, Canada, Bangladesh, and Australia, among others.We recommend that wherever you are in the world, you consult with your family and coworkers to ensure that your organ donation decision is accurate.Every one of us has the ability to save lives by donation, according to Sharma.

In the latest film, two of these performers are included, NHS radiographer Surinder Sapal and Makena Straker-Sharpe.According to the World Health Organisation's Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation, over 146,000 organs were transplanted in 2018.Over 40,000 living donors and nearly 39,000 deceased organ donors contributed to this gift of life.However, in countries like Australia, Canada, Malta, and the United Kingdom, the rate of contribution varies from zero donors in some Commonwealth nations to over 20 per million people.

The Commonwealth of Nations, also called the Commonwealth, is a national body composed of 56 member states, the vast majority of which are former British territories.Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and the United Kingdom are the next-largest Commonwealth nations by population after India.