Date: January 8, 2016
Taiwan saw a record 264 organ and 43 cadaveric skin donation cases last
year, indicating a rise in public acceptance of the practice and its key role in providing the gift of life.
The latest statistics from Taiwan Organ Registry and Sharing Center revealed that more than 7,100 donors registered in 2015, up 9 percent from the year before. This was also a new high and reflects the impact of a center-initiated nationwide pro-donation campaign since 2004.
TORSC Chairman Dr. Lee Po-chang believes the upward trend is linked to the flash-fire that swept through an after-dark water park dance party last June in New Taipei City killing 15 and injuring over 500.
“The number of organ donors shot up in the two months following the tragedy,” Lee said Jan. 7. “Whenever major disasters strike, they bring out the very best in the people in Taiwan.” [FULL STORY]