April 22, 2009

National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week: April 19 - 26, 2009

Since its formation in 2005, Transplant Manitoba has been making inroads into organ donation and transplantation that is impacting the lives of Manitobans.

Formerly the Manitoba Transplant Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Senior Leadership restructured it in 2005 to enhance organ donation and to comply with new Health Canada regulations.

Based at Health Sciences Centre, Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program is the province’s coordinating body responsible for deceased organ donation. The organization works directly with deceased donor families, health care professionals and related organizations. Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program serves as a public awareness vehicle that advocates organ donation and donor recognition initiatives. Funding has also been given to increase resources for living donor transplants and for educational initiatives for health care professionals.

Transplant Manitoba comprises the Adult Kidney Program, Lung Transplant Program, Liver Transplant Program, Adult Heart Transplant Program, and the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program.

The Adult Kidney Program has been a pioneer in patient-based research and development. The research done by the group has received national and international attention under the leadership of director Dr. David Rush.

Transplant Manitoba article in Spring 2008 issue of Aspire

Transplant Facts

  • Last year Transplant Manitoba performed 47 kidney transplants

  • 21 kidney transplants were from living donors

  • The Lung Transplant Program performed 6 lung transplants in 2008

  • One person's decision to be an organ and tissue donor may benefit ten or more people

  • Organs that can be transplanted include kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and small bowel

  • Almost everyone has the potential to be an organ and tissue donor. The health of the donor, not the age, is the most important thing considered

Think About Organ Donation! 

Sign a donor card! Tell your family that organ donation is your gift for life!

For more information or to obtain a donor card, contact Sybil Stokoloff, Communications Coordinator, Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Program at 787-1897 or visit

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