NORCROSS, Ga., August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM). NMDAM is a collaborative effort of the National Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Multicultural Action Group (NMAG) to save and improve the quality of life of diverse communities by creating a positive culture for organ, eye and tissue donation. National Minority Donor Awareness Month grew out of National Minority Donor Awareness Week, established in 1996 by the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program and Clive CallenderMD to raise awareness of health inequalities and the impact of organ donation and transplantation in minority communities.
The national transplant waiting list currently numbers more than 100,000 people, with more than 60% of those waiting representing racial and ethnic minorities. 17 people die every day while waiting for a transplant.1
The need for donation and transplantation is more pronounced in minority communities, where disproportionately higher rates of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease contribute to organ failure, particularly kidney failure. African Americans are three times more likely than white Americans to suffer from kidney failure. Hispanics have a 1.5 times greater risk of kidney failure than non-Hispanics.2
On average, African American/Black transplant candidates wait longer for kidney, heart, and lung transplants than non-Black transplant candidates.3 These health inequalities reinforce the need for education and outreach during National Minority Donor Awareness Month to help heal and save lives in our communities.
During National Minority Donor Awareness Month, NMAG encourages everyone to increase the need for more organ, eye and tissue donors in multicultural communities, provide donor education, encourage donor registration, and promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention to reduce the need for transplantation .
Thanks to the generosity of donors and donor families, and the dedication of donor and transplant professionals, a record number of nearly 41,000 people — including 20,000 from racial and ethnic minorities — received life-saving organ transplants in 2021.
To promote healthy living and disease prevention, NMAG is hosting the 2022 Healthy Living Recipe Contest, running August 1-31.
For details on the contest, resources and more information about National Minority Donor Awareness Month, visit nmag1.org. Donation infographics, printable flyers, web banners, and social media graphics are available to the public in both English and Spanish.
You can register your decision to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor with your local DMV or the National Donate Life Registry at RegisterMe.org or in your iPhone Health app.
NMAG Members: American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), American Kidney Fund (AKF), Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Donate Life America (DLA), Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), The Links, Incorporated, Transplant Life Foundation and United Network for Organ Sharing.
1Data derived from Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) data July 29, 2022, https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/ 2National Kidney Foundation, ab July 29, 2022kidney.org 3SRTR Risk Adjustment Model Documentation: Waiting List Models 29th of July2022, https://www.srtr.org/reports-tools/waiting-list/
National Multicultural Action Group on Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation (NMAG)
NMAG’s mission is to save and improve the quality of life in diverse multicultural communities by creating a positive culture of giving. This is achieved by: increasing transplantation through organ, eye and tissue donation; increasing the number of living organ donors; Reduce the rate and need for transplants through disease prevention education. nmag1.org