More than 5,500 British Columbians are alive today thanks to the incredible process of organ donation and the gifts of life made by organ donors. Each organ transplant is a feat of coordination by health professionals across the province, which involves working across BC’s large geography while ensuring organs are recovered, transported and transplanted within the time constraints that allow for safe transplantation. The process relies on the evolving science of immunology, genetic tissue typing and matching, and technologies to improve accessibility and outcomes for organ donation. The story of each life-saving transplant is paralleled by the story of the person who donated their organs – in death or as a living donor. Learning about the process of organ donation is an opportunity to reflect on how members of our communities are affected by serious health conditions that require organ transplant or who have given the gift of life so others can live. This subject can spark conversations about what it means to be a good citizen, what individuals can do to show care for others in our community and have a meaningful impact. This workshop will: - Provide an overview of the organ donation process (using real case studies, maps, and graphs) explained by the people who actually carry out the process in BC. - Describe the process of tissue typing and matching, and how donor organs are matched with potential transplant recipients - Share the story of a real donor family member and/or transplant recipient and the personal impact of organ donation. - Outline available resources for introducing organ donation into the classroom, including inquiry-based resources that students can use to explore organ donation in their communities (focus is middle school and up, though elementary-age resources are also available).
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
BC Transplant provides oversight for all aspects of organ donation and transplantation across BC.