NATIONAL ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION AWARENESS WEEK - APRIL 17 TO 24, 2011 - ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION. GIVE YOUR VERY BEST. SIGN FOR LIFE!

MONTREAL, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - On the occasion of National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, Québec-Transplant wishes to remind Quebecers that each and every consent counts - the very survival of more than 1,000 people waiting for a transplant depends on it. Every week a person dies while waiting for a transplant because there is not enough registered tissue and organ donors. Yet each new consent represents an important gesture, one that has the power to change lives: Just one donor can save as many as eight people and give renewed health to 15 others.

Among the measures recently announced by Dr. Yves Bolduc, the Minister of Health and Social Services, the Registre de consentements au don d'organes et de tissus administered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie constitutes a secure and effective means to register your consent to organ and tissue donation after death. In operation since February 28, 2011, the Registre gives people another means of indicating their consent. They can also sign the organ and tissue donation sticker to the back of their health insurance card or join the Chambre des notaires du Québec's Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus: More than 600,000 people have done just that in the five years since the Chambre des notaires du Québec created the registry.

Awareness message "Organ and tissue donation. Give your very best. Sign FOR LIFE!"
Starting on April 18, an online public awareness campaign titled "Organ and tissue donation. Give your very best. Sign FOR LIFE!" will be deployed through some 20 digital media with high customer traffic for a period of four weeks. This campaign - the fruit of a partnership between the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), Québec-Transplant, Héma-Québec and the Chambre des notaires du Québec - will direct citizens to the website www.signezdon.gouv.qc.ca, a one-stop source of information on organ and tissue donation and the different means to indicate consent.

Moreover, the following cities will take part in the awareness week by hoisting the flag with the green ribbon representing organ and tissue donation : Chicoutimi, Gatineau, Laval, Lévis, Longueuil, Magog, Montréal, Québec, Repentigny, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Ste-Geneviève-de-Batiscan and the 12 municipalities of the MRC Pierre-De-Saurel (Massueville, Saint-Aimé, Saint-David, Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel, Sainte-Victoire-de-Sorel, Saint-Gérard-Majella, Saint-Joseph-de-Sorel, Saint-Ours, Saint-Robert, Saint-Roch-de-Richelieu, Sorel-Tracy and Yamaska).

Did you know that?

  • The probability that a man aged 40 to 50 will require a transplant in his lifetime is seven times greater than that of becoming an organ donor, compared to four times greater for a woman in the same age group;
  • The most important step is to make a decision and to make it known to your loved ones, regardless of where you stand;
  • The age of transplant recipients and donors alike can vary from just a few days old to 88 years of age, since there are no age-related restrictions when it comes to organ donation;
  • An estimated 1% of hospital deaths give rise to organ donation, and that's why each consent is so important;
  • When the wishes of the deceased are known, loved ones are more likely to become involved in the process leading to organ donation.

Short film titled Pensez don !
Québec-Transplant has coproduced a short film titled Pensez don ! Intended chiefly for health professionals, the documentary will be broadcast in hospitals and other health and teaching establishments. It gives voice to caregivers in six hospitals and shows that through teamwork and concerted efforts on the part of multiple collaborators, organ and tissue donation can be achieved throughout the province of Quebec. The film can be viewed at to www.quebec-transplant.qc.ca, www.pensezdon.org, and is also available on YouTube.

To consult organ donation statistics for 2010 or find out more about the activities held from April 17 to 24, 2011, visit www.quebec-transplant.qc.ca.

About Québec-Transplant
Québec-Transplant has a mandate from the Minister of Health and Social Services to save lives and improve the health of persons in need of a transplant by coordinating the organ donation process, ensuring the equitable attribution of organs, supporting best clinical practices through consensus-building and the mobilization of its partners, and promoting organ donation in the society at large. Québec-Transplant therefore works to ensure that the greatest possible number of Quebecers waiting for an organ can benefit from a transplant in as timely a fashion as practicable.

SOURCE QUEBEC-TRANSPLANT

For further information:

Brigitte Junius: 514 286-1414, extension 216 | 514 349-0752
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