Incremental rise in organ donations still below target (Dr. David Landsberg)

Canada’s overall organ donation rate is up over the last decade, but the country is still falling short of other wealthy nations and its own transplantation goals, according to a new report from Canadian Blood Services.

Canada’s deceased donation rate is now 18.2 per million people, up 29 per cent from 14.1 per million people in 2006.

Canada managed to stave off the steeper decrease in living donations seen in some other countries, such as Australia, by beefing up its Kidney Paired Donation program, said David Landsberg, director of the renal transplantation program at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Kelly Grant reports

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