America’s progress in science and technology has countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach… New breakthroughs in treating cancer and ending the wait for organ transplants… That’s some of what America can do.President Obama, May 19, 2016
Why We Must Reduce the Organ Waiting List
There are currently more than 120,000 people on the waiting list for an organ in the United States. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. This is despite advances in clinical science and medical innovation over the last decade and widespread recognition by Americans that organ donation and transplantation make a real difference in people’s lives. Twenty-two people die every day in the United States while waiting for a life-saving transplant.
We must and can do more.
The good news is that reducing the organ waiting list is a problem that can be solved – and that’s why today, the Obama Administration and dozens of companies, foundations, universities, hospitals, and patient advocacy organizations are taking steps to change that by announcing a new set of actions that will build on the Administration’s efforts to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants and support for living donors.
The actions being announced today aim to:
- Close the gap between the 95 percent of Americans who support organ donation and the roughly 50 perecent who are registered
- Invest in clinical research and innovation that could potentially increase the number of transplants by almost 2,000 each year and improve outcomes for patients
- Facilitate breakthrough research and development with almost $200 million in investments