National Organ and Tissue Donor Week

Héma-Québec partners a week highlighting the importance of donating organs and tissues

Montréal, April 17 2011 - The 2011 edition of National Organ and Tissue Donor Week will be highlighted three times rather than once by Héma-Québec and its personnel.

The Organ and tissue donation. Give your very best. awareness campaign, in which Héma-Québec joins forces with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), Québec-Transplant and the Chambre des notaires du Québec, will remind the public about the importance of donating human organs and tissues and will promote the new site: In fact, this five-week campaign is intended to provide support for the Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus, created on February 28.

Moreover, organ and tissue donation awareness raising activities will be conducted for the blood donors who attend blood drives during the week of April 18, for the second consecutive year.

Members of the human tissue team will, moreover, make the most of this week to present, at various hospitals, a completely new communication tool intended for hospital personnel who deal with the families of potential donors.

Donating human tissues: giving the legacy of life

Human tissues intended for transplant help improve the quality of life of thousands of children and adults and, in certain situations, can save their lives. Donating tissues is an immensely generous gesture on the part of the donor and a sign of great courage on the part of their family.

In addition to its role as a supplier of blood products for Québec, Héma-Québec also supplies human tissues intended for transplants (including skin grafts, heart valves and muscular-skeletal tissues such as tendons and bones), and makes them available to hospitals in Québec. Moreover, Héma-Québec also collects eyeballs to be used in cornea transplants.

To learn more about human tissue donation, click on Human Tissues on the Héma-Québec at

About Héma-Québec

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Give blood. Give life.



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