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Published on Nov 4, 2013
Dr Mandeep Singh Bindra introduces the first show of this new series on Sangat Television, Organ Donation -- Let's make a difference, which aims to raise awareness about the need for more organ donors from the Asian and Sikh communities.
In the first show viewers hear about the difficulties encountered by Satnam Kang who has been waiting for a kidney transplant since 2006. Pritpal Singh Sanghera also features, he was on dialysis for 15 years while he waited for a kidney donor. Since his transplant he has had a new lease of life.
Sign up now by visiting: www.SangatTelevision.org and clicking on the organ donation icon to place your name on the organ donation register.
It is hoped viewers will be inspired by these personal and moving stories. They are asked to find out more about organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register. It is important your loved ones know about your donation wishes.
Members of the Asian community are more likely to need a transplant but will wait longer than the general population for a donor and they may not get the organ they need. Only around 2% of organ donors each year are Asian but the community makes up nearly a fifth of those who need a transplant. From these figures you can see that there is a major shortfall and that this is a major issue within our community.
Members of the Sangat Trust and the Sangat Television team have worked with Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust's organ donation committee and NHS Blood and Transplant team since the start of 2013 to produce this groundbreaking series of television shows to increase awareness and change within the Asian communities. Sangat Television urges all communities to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell their loved ones their wishes. There is a real need in the community for more donors. We all need to think about this matter very seriously, the more people that register -- more lives will be saved.