n South African Medical Journal - South African transplantation - where are we now and where should we go next? : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



South Africa has a huge potential for organ transplantation. Deceased donation is well established, and we are one of the few African countries with brain death legislation. However, despite adequate legislation and well-established transplant units, donor numbers are decreasing and in some areas living donation now outnumbers deceased donation. Saudi Arabia has set an excellent example in utilising deceased donors and is a role model for other Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. In a few years they have built up a deceased donation programme and donor numbers are increasing yearly.

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