The coronavirus pandemic has slowed organ donation and transplantation around the world, but in Spain, which has been a leader in this field for three decades, this trend has been less noticeable. According to the data provided this Saturday by the Ministry of Health, effective bone marrow donations have multiplied by seven during the last ten years. In the first eight months of 2021, in fact, the number of registered donors amounted to 19,268, 9% more than the previous year.
Every month, according to data from the ministry, almost 2,500 new donors are registered, reaching the close to 450,000 total that there are at this time.
However, there are important differences between the sexes. Only 36% of registered donors are male, compared to 64% female. The data contrasts with the fact that it is men who most need this type of transplant: out of every 10 effective donors, seven are men. The ministry’s conclusion is that it is “important to attract male donors.”
The impact of the pandemic
For 29 years, without interruption, Spain has been the undisputed leader in organ donation, with a rate of 38 donors per million population, according to data from the World Transplant Registry. In 2020, the country was once again in the lead, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which brought with it a decrease in activity throughout the planet, due to the collapse of health systems and the saturation of intensive care units in successive waves of covid contagions.