Background information

Transplantation medicine lives from exchanges
Obviously specifically from the exchange of sick organs for healthy ones, but also from the exchange of information. Because a lot of medical factors between donors and recipients need to match for organs to be transplanted. If there is no matching patient in Switzerland, the organ is offered to a foreign partner organization. Organ donation thus is not a purely national concern: Switzerland owes a great deal to the exchange with European partner organizations, especially with France.

Knowledge transfer
Transplantation medicine has undergone big developments and made impressive advances in a short time. Treatment methods are constantly refined to improve the organ recipient’s quality of life. A healthy international exchange also takes place here.

Raising awareness
All European countries make efforts to raise their populations’ awareness of organ donation. Because not only in Switzerland is the donation rate too low: over 65,000 people in the European Union are waiting for a new organ, and around 10 people a day die waiting. Changing this is a collective task and Switzerland is making its contribution, including the organization of the EODD in 2017.

Organ Donation Day – across the world – across Europe – across Switzerland
On 9 September 2017, we are celebrating the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) with a big event on the Bundesplatz in Bern. At the same time, Geneva will be marking the World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (WDODT) as part of the 2017 Organ Donation Congress, while the Swiss National Day for Organ Donation will also fall on the same date. This will be the first time that parallel events are held in one country to celebrate all three days.