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Learn from Norway to boost number of living donors

It was reported that Singapore has only one transplant patient for every 100 people on dialysis, while Norway has one transplant for every five people on dialysis ("Every 2 days, 9 lose use of kidneys"; Feb 19).

How did Norway achieve such a high transplant rate?

It seems that having living donors is a contributing factor.

Most Singaporeans donate their organs only when they die, under the Human Organ Transplant Act.

Singapore should learn from Norway on how the public is educated and what kind of assistance is given to them to enhance their willingness to be living donors.

Kwok Ying Ying (Miss)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 26, 2017, with the headline 'Learn from Norway to boost number of living donors'. Print Edition | Subscribe