Organ donation project successfully promotes amongst Muslim community

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LONDON: Six organisations working within the Muslim community joined the campaign to address the urgent need for black, Asian and minority ethnic organ donors. The projects were amongst 25 organisations to share a £140,000* Community Investment Scheme funding pot to encourage more people from these backgrounds to become lifesaving organ donors.

The organisations who delivered projects are The Quran Club, Karimia Institute, Lancashire BME Network, Faith’s Forum, British Islamic Medical Association and Centre for the Study of Islam.

The faith and community based organisations designed and implemented projects to break down myths and increase support for organ donation after securing funding in October 2018 through NHS Blood and Transplant’s BAME Community Investment Scheme.

Now the impact of the project delivered by all six organisations has been published in a progress report into the first round of projects funded through the scheme. The British Islamic Medical Association used the funding to engage with mosque leaders and the wider Muslim community in Newcastle through events such as discussions and forums.

The Lancashire BME Network project, delivered with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Kidney Patients Association, recruited organ donor champions from the local Muslim and Hindu communities who will go on to deliver workshops within their own groups.

The Quran Club, a digital community for Muslims, used the funding for an app-based campaign to raise awareness, address myths and barriers and encourage people to share their views about organ donation.

Talha Ghannam from The Quran Club said: “The Quran Club is fortunate to have been a part of the Community Investment scheme, raising awareness of organ donation amongst the Muslim community. Organ donation has long been a topic of misunderstanding amongst Muslims. Many are unaware of the Islamic views on the issue, and few have ever discussed it with their families.

The BAME Community Investment Scheme is an important part of a Government campaign led by NHS Blood and Transplant, with support from the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA), to address the critical shortage of organ donors from these backgrounds.

Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “Organ transplants are one of the great success stories of modern medicine, saving millions of lives around the world. But what happens to your body when you die is very personal, and something that can be difficult to talk about.