The purpose of this website is to share information gathered from various open sources regarding living organ donation and transplantation.
According to the World Health Organization, the social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels.
Research has demonstrated that up to 70% of the determinants of health are outside of an individual's control. Therefore, these social determinants impact everyone, including living organ donors, organ transplant recipients, and the general public (click here for source).
Living organ donation and organ transplantation are more than one-time surgical events. They have both short and long-term meaning. They’re best understood as a series of interactions that take place:
* in a social and economic context that includes commercial, non-profit, medical, governmental, and international organizations, and
* within a donor’s and recipient’s personal sphere of family, friends and community.
The information provided on this website reflects our attempt to highlight many variables that impact living organ donors, transplant recipients, family and friends, and the public before, during and after a donation or transplant surgery.
The epidemic of organ failure and the need for organ replacement therapies are also impacted by social factors. For this reason, we’ve included links to information about transplant recipients, public health, the transplant industry, and new research developments -- specifically in the field of xenotransplantation, which is the process of grafting or transplanting organs and tissues between members of different species.
We hope to raise awareness and demonstrate that there are many stakeholders in transplant medicine, beyond transplant recipients and living organ donors.
What’s safe and what isn’t in transplantation? Visitors to this site must answer that question for themselves.
Source: The Center for Health Equity, Minnesota Department of Health
The creators of this website are not medical professionals and it is not a source for medical advice. It’s intended to be solely informational. Questions and comments related to any of the linked content should be directed to the authors of that content.