In Colombia, more than 2,500 people are on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant.
People whose organs or tissues have undergone irreversible damage are eligible to receive organ transplants within Colombia. The organs that can be donated include the heart, the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, the intestines and the pancreas. Tissues such as the skin, the corneas, bones, bone marrow, blood vessels, heart valves, cartilage, tendons, sclera and amniotic membrane can also be donated.
According to the National Health Institute, 533 organ transplants were conducted in Colombia during the first half of 2018. Of these procedures, 406 were kidney transplants, while a pancreas was only donated once during this same period.
Due to a lack of donors, the demand for organ transplants continues to rise. According to the Ministry of Health, as of November 30, 2018, 25,000 Colombians were on the waiting list for an organ transplant.