Nurse's campaign recruits 3,000 new South Asian organ donors
Manchester Royal Infirmary Nurse Agimol Pradeep's five
year targeted education campaign has resulted in 3,000 new South
Asians signing up to be organ donors potentially giving up to
25,000 people the life-saving transplant they need.
Agimol, a Transplant Recipient Co-ordinator at Manchester Royal
Infirmary, began her PhD study in 2012, however her campaign to
dispel the myths surrounding organ donation amongst members of the
South Asian community began in 2010 when she began her current
Asian people are three to four times more likely to need a
kidney transplant than the general population and blood and tissue
type are among the most important factors when organs are allocated
Organ matching is likely to be closer when the ethnicity of the
donor and recipient are the same yet national figures show that
South Asians wait three times longer than white people due to
difficulties in finding a successful match.
She said: "I hadn't experienced first-hand the need for donors
from this particular group, until that point. It seemed to me there
was this huge need for more awareness and education.
"Being South Asian myself, I felt I could provide a trusted link
to others, raise awareness and help to dispel some of the
misunderstandings by talking face to face."
Agimol has spoken at events and conferences across the
country as part of her PhD study entitled: 'Increasing Organ
Donation from the North West South Asian Community through Targeted
As well as voluntarily speaking at events, Agimol also takes
time to work with community and religious leaders, GPs and
intensive care units to introduce strategies to increase donation
and educate Asian people about the benefits of organ donation and
joining the donor register.
Further to her campaign to find organ donors, Agimol has also
actively campaigned to find stem cell donors - a form of donation
that anyone can do at any time by donating blood. She has recruited
800 people in the last 12 months whose donation will be used to
treat South Asians suffering from blood cancers.
Agimol has been assisted in her campaign by Muslim Imam at
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Siddiq Diwan who has offered expert
support for any religious concerns that members of the community
may have. Agimol said: "Religion does play a huge role in the
debate of organ donation. Siddiq's help has been invaluable in
clarifying some of the misinterpretations or apprehensions people
may have about registering to be an organ donor and how the
processes of donation fit into religious culture."
Agimol said: "During the past five years, I've learnt that it's
not necessarily that people don't want to register to donate - they
may not know about it, or may have misinterpreted or misunderstood
what registering actually means, the donation process and how it
can benefit others. I've found that people are very responsive to
the message of donation and my motto of 'Accept life, live life and
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