Spain, the world leader in donations and transplants

It breaks a new historic record with 48 donors and 114 transplants per million population, and 27 consecutive years of leadership

15 January 2019. Spain revalidates its position as a world leader in organ donation and transplantation, beating its own record. Specifically, in 2018, it reached 48 donors per million population, with a total of 2,243 donations that enabled it to perform 5,314 transplants. A figure that raises the rate of transplants to 114 per million population, the highest on the planet.

This is confirmed by the 2018 activity report of the National Transplant Organization (ONT), presented this morning at a press conference by the Minister of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, María Luisa Carcedo, accompanied by the Secretary General of Health, Faustino Blanco, and the Director of the ONT, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil.

Spanish leadership, which is based on excellence, continues to grow. In the last five years alone, the ONT, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has increased its donation rate by 37%, the largest increase in its history, from 35.1 to 48 donors per million population. These figures mean 6 new donors and 14.6 transplants every day.

More specifically, the ONT has recorded historical highs in renal 3,310 and pulmonary 369 transplants, in addition to 1,230 hepatic, 321 cardiac, 82 pancreas and 6 intestine transplants. The ONT also highlights the implementation of a plan to improve infant transplantation - in 2018, 4 interventions of this type were carried out; the first international kidney transplant from southern Europe together with Italy; and the leadership of Spain before the United Nations in the fight against organ trafficking.