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12.01.2018 - 09:44

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Global leader in organ donation and transplantation

The Spanish Minister for Health, Social Services and Equality, Dolors Montserrat, announced on Thursday that "Spain has maintained its position as world leader in organ donation and transplantation thanks to the generosity of donors, and to their families, our healthcare professionals, the Spanish National Transplant Organisation, our great National Health System and the firm and unwavering commitment by this government to giving life to those who need it most".

Spain has maintained its global leadership in this regard for 26 straight years after it broke its own record by reaching 46.9 donors per million population in 2017, a total of 2,183 donors.

This led to 5,259 organ transplants, surpassing the figure of 5,000 for the first time in 2017. This result raises the transplant rate to 113 per million population and consolidates Spain internationally as 'the transplant nation'.

Dolors Montserrat stressed that these are "the best figures in the history of the Spanish transplant system" and demonstrate that "Spain is the most generous country in the world, where more people donate organs that save lives". She therefore especially thanked Spanish society for its generosity at one of the most difficult times in their lives.

In this regard, she added that the organ donor rate per million population has increased by 30% in the last three years. These figures show that six people a day donated their organs in 2017 and 14 transplants were performed daily.

The Spanish minister also highlighted the new strategy that the Spanish National Transplant Organisation is working on. The new team is using this so-called '50x22' Strategy to try and reach 50 donors per million population and 5,500 transplants by 2022 "in order to continue setting new records".

"Professionalism and human generosity can be found behind each transplant. The best healthcare professionals and the most generous people come together on the same country project, a Spanish project, of which we should be proud", she added.

Furthermore, the Spanish minister thanked all the professionals involved in the process and who make "our healthcare system one of the best in the world, demonstrating with each transplant that our great National Health System guarantees quality, universality, fairness, cohesion and equality for all Spaniards in the face of illness. It is not important where in Spain the donor is or where the person needing the transplant resides. We are all equal in Spain, we receive an organ wherever we are from, because giving life knows no regional boundaries. In this regard, Dolors Montserrat recalled that one out of five organs is transplanted in a region other than where the donor comes from. "This clearly shows that Spain is a great country, that together we keep achieving more and that what really matters is that when we donate organs, we donate life", she said.

She also stressed that the Spanish transplant system is an international benchmark that has served as a model for countries around the world.

Finally, the Spanish minister reiterated her thanks and called on all Spaniards to "maintain this generosity, which has made us world leaders in organ donation and transplants and therefore world leaders in providing hope. We are the country offering the greatest hope".

The Spanish minister made these comments at a press briefing held at her ministerial department, at which she released the activity figures from the Spanish National Transplant Organisation for 2017. The minister was accompanied by the Secretary-General for Health, Javier Castrodeza, and the Director General of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil.
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