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06/06/2019
Why have I decided to become a donor?
Let Serbia Win. I am a Donor, Too.
Zlatibor Lončar, Minister of Health
Let Serbia Win. I am a Donor, Too.
Organ transplantation has been at the very top of the Ministry of Health's priorities since 2014 and we are doing our best to completely regulate and significantly improve this extremely important area of medicine in Serbia.

The results were sometimes good and sometimes bad. Thanks to these efforts and broad public support, we achieved record results and had 40 donors or 92 successful transplants in 2017.

In the meantime, we have also adopted a new Law on Transplantation of Human Organs to establish and provide conditions for achieving standards of quality and safety of human organs for transplantation, and also to improve the conditions of work and organization of the health care system to ensure the optimum level of human organ transplantation and a high level of protection of human health.

The new law also defines absolute appreciation of priority interests for preservation of life and health and protection of basic human rights and dignity of both organ donors and receivers. Of course, the family always has the last word when it comes to giving organs, even when a deceased person has not opposed organ donation for life.

Nowadays, all human organ transplant operations in Serbia are carried out in accordance with the relevant high professional standards, professional guidelines and ethical principles, and also with the requirements of quality and safety. Our highly-qualified medical teams for organ transplantation are ready 24x7. Every day, at any time.

And they work hard.

However, not all of the above is enough. We are still facing dilemmas and open issues that affect the consent to donate organs. Our awareness of the importance of organ donation is still not at the level that is required to make such a way of saving human lives a daily routine.

At this very moment, about 1,000 of our fellow citizens, neighbours, people we meet in passing ... are waiting for a call from a health institution, hoping that an organ, liver, heart or kidney, which means continuation of life, has been found for them. In addition, the chance that we will need somebody else’s organ in our lifetime is twenty times bigger than the chance that we become donors ourselves.

This is why we at the Ministry of Health continue to work, to raise capacities of transplantation programme in our country on a daily basis, to improve the knowledge of our doctors, to open new transplantation centres, to cooperate with the relevant international organisations…

What encourages us and gives us hope is the fact that we know that our society can be even more humane and noble, as it has proved so many times.

Throughout history, our citizens have shown exceptional solidarity in difficult moments. Moreover, there is no worse moment than the one in which the lives of 1,000 of our fellow citizens are endangered and the one of uncertainty in which these 1,000 families live day after day...

This is why I honestly believe that all of us together – institutions, responsible companies, expert public, citizens, organisations, healthcare institutions, civil society, non-government sector, media – can contribute and do more to increase the number of lives saved through the transplant programme.

Let us unite around this noble goal.

Let us win and save lives of the citizens of Serbia, our closest neighbours together. All they need is a consent.

Because a new organ means a new life.
A new life means a victory of Serbia.
Let Serbia win.
AUTHOR
Zlatibor Lončar,
Minister of Health