ServiceOntario Initiatives, Registration Drives Credited With Increase
TORONTO, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013,
245,886 Ontarians registered their consent to organ and tissue
donation, bringing the total number of registered donors in the
province to 2.6 million people. One out of every six registrations was
completed at www.BeADonor.ca, where it takes two minutes to register consent or check your
"Over the past few years Ontario has worked hard to develop a
world-class organ and tissue donor registration system," said Deb
Matthews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care. "As of February this
year, everyone who is renewing a driver's license or Ontario photo ID
card is asked to register consent, in addition to those renewing their
health cards. It has never been easier to be a hero - please take two
minutes to register or check your consent status at www.BeADonor.ca."
Donor registration rates vary widely by community across Ontario and are
highest in Northern Ontario. While overall registration rates in the
Greater Toronto Area continue to lag behind those in the rest of the
province, most communities, including Woodbridge (17 per cent), Vaughan
(17 per cent), the city of Toronto (13 per cent), Markham and Thornhill
(13 per cent) have reported more than a 10 per cent increase in the
number of registered donors in the last year.
"Workplace registration drives run through www.BeADonor.ca have shown the impact and importance of community leadership in
increasing registered donors," says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of
Trillium Gift of Life Network. "To date, successful drives have been
run by hospitals, police forces, university students and workplaces,
with the top five inspiring 7,500 visits to online donor registration.
I'd like to challenge all community leaders to help us save more lives
by launching a registration drive in their own workplace."
The overall rate of registered donors in Ontario edged up slightly in
the last quarter to reach 23 per cent.
As of March 31, 2013, there were 1,468 people in Ontario waiting for the
gift of a lifesaving organ transplant.
Northern Ontario has the highest rates of registration in the province,
with three suburbs of Sudbury (Hanmer, Lively and Garson) reporting
donor registration rates of over 50 per cent.
The number of registered organ and tissue donors in the GTA grew
slightly faster than in the rest of Ontario (12 per cent vs. 10 per
cent) from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, but it continues to lag
behind the provincial average, with an overall registration rate of 14
Woodbridge and Vaughan are the only two communities in Ontario with
registration rates of less than 10 per cent.
One donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75
more through the gift of tissue.
Many Ontarians mistakenly believe they are registered donors because
they have signed a paper donor card. Donor cards are not effective, as
they are not always available when needed. Register online at www.BeADonor.ca.
Trillium Gift of Life Network is a not-for-profit agency of the
Government of Ontario responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating
and supporting organ and tissue donation for transplantation across
Ontario and improving the system so that more lives can be saved.
Image with caption: "Registered Donors on the Rise (CNW Group/Trillium Gift of Life Network)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130501_C2289_PHOTO_EN_26215.jpg
SOURCE: Trillium Gift of Life Network
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