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Press release from 31 august 2017

A lack of available organs – raising awareness with a Europe-wide celebration

Each week in Switzerland, two people die while on the waiting list for a new organ because a suitable donor organ could not be found for them. Against this backdrop, the Council of Europe has decided that the European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) 2017 is to be held in Switzerland. On 9 September 2017, all eyes will be on Switzerland. Together with the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Swisstransplant is aiming to increase awareness and familiarity among the general public on the subject of organ donation. A huge celebration on the Bundesplatz in Bern on 9 September 2017 intends to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.

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Press release from 4 july 2017

Swisstransplant wants 100,000 people to complete a donor card by European Organ Donation Day

On 9 September 2017, Swisstransplant is holding a public celebration on the Bundesplatz in Bern to mark the «European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation» EODD. At the celebration, with support from Swiss bands and numerous other attractions, Swisstransplant and the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) will inform the public about organ donation and transplantation. Since 1 June 2017, a live ticker on is keeping count how many people have taken the decision so far and filled in a donor card. Swisstransplant hopes that, by the EODD, more than 100,000 people will decide whether they want to donate organs and tissues. Mini-documentaries have been made, profiling some of the people involved in the world of organ donation.

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