Cyprus tops living donor list

Cyprus Mail | By Evie Andreou

CYPRUS ranks third among the countries with the most living organ donors in the world, but it is at the bottom of the list when it comes to deceased donors, Health minister George Pamborides said yesterday.

“Lack of organs is a large problem worldwide due to the imbalance between available organs for transplant and the number of patients on waiting lists,” Pamborides said, speaking at an event to launch an awareness campaign to encourage more people to become organ donors.

The campaign is a private initiative, developed by Mikis Christodoulou in cooperation with the organisation of people with kidney disorders and the Cyprus transplant association, and it is under the auspices of the health ministry.

Cyprus today, Pamborides added, 58 people are waiting for a kidney transplant. “And although there is no patient list for lung, heart, and liver transplants due to the small number of cases, on average, ten cases are presented each year”, he said.

In 2014, five cadaveric donors made nine transplants possible, the minister said, and there were also 22 transplants from living donors. Continue reading