40% People Agree to Donate Body Organs: Survey

Forty percent of the people in a survey by the Ministry of Health said they agreed to donate their body organs for humanitarian after their death.

A child is recovering from her liver transplant in Ho Chi Minh. Donations of body organs have saved many lives.


The ministry announced the results of the survey on the community’s awareness, attitude, and acceptance of donating body organs on April 14, 2006 in Ha Noi. The survey was conducted in Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City as one of preparations for Vietnamese lawmakers to discuss a law on people’s organ donations in the next National Assembly session. 

A child is recovering from her liver transplant in Ho Chi Minh. Donations of body organs have saved many lives.

In the survey, 90% of the people agreed with the purpose of body organ donations to save lives, said Mr. Dam Viet Cuong, Director of the ministry’s Health Strategy and Policy Institute. Nearly 70% people were well aware of the purpose of cornea donation, which brings light to the blind.

Although most people agreed to the policy on encouraging people to donate body parts, just about 15% of the people agreed for their living relatives to make donations. They were mainly afraid that the donations will adversely affect health (over 80%), families (over 30%) and some were simply scared of doing so (20%).

Almost 50% of the people did not agree that after death, their relatives’ organs can be donated because of religious and spiritual reasons.

By Quang Phuong - Translated by Yen Chuong

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