An expert in organ donation from the University of Bedfordshire will discuss the affects that immigration in Europe has had on organ donation and transplantation at an international conference.
Professor of Diversity in Public Health Gurch Randhawa will address the European Organ Donation Congress in Barcelona on Friday (28th Oct).
“Europe’s population is becoming increasingly diverse and therefore the health needs of the population will change,” said Prof Randhawa, who is also Director of the University’s Institute of Health Research.
“The UK is the only European country that collects data relating to ethnicity, so we can at least measure changes in the population and try and accommodate health care needs of different ethnic groups.”
Prof Randhawa will also talk about the research being conducted at the University in delivering equality in organ donation and transplantation in the UK – part of this includes working with faith leaders and communities from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
“I will explain how and why this approach could help other European countries who will begin to see the same disproportionately greater demand for dialysis and transplantation their ethnic communities from the Asian and African subcontinent,” said Prof Randhawa.
“I hope our work at the University will serve as a blueprint for Europe in ensuring all communities have access to opportunities for organ donation and transplantation.”
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