Sweden Organ Donation
After having investigated different potential fields of research in the course 833GlobalChallenges-Being we quickly found organ donation to be an interesting subject matter. This is something manySwedes are positively dispositioned to, however, the number of organ donors is alarmingly low froman international point of view where Sweden places among the lowest in Europe.
Initially, we planned to host a seminar series, through which we wanted to inform the public about theproblems around the Swedish organ donation-system. We planned to have affected people tell theirstories, have doctors and researchers spread information, and have a stand in places like the Atrium,among other things. However, as a result of covid-19 we had to rethink our entire project - we decidedto conduct a thorough research report in which we have explained and explored different methods oforgan donation (for instance DCD and paired kidney-exchange), and we have sent it to decisionmakers and leading professionals within the area. Considering this, along with the fact that allprofessionals we interviewed explained that information spread was not what would bring truechange, we shifted our project towards truly trying to bring about change. This shift, as we delvedmore and more into the subject, also became more reasonable, as we learned that the Swedish organdonation system in many ways is slow and complicated. Among other things, DCD, an establishedmethod in most European countries, is not standardized in Sweden.
In conclusion, the aim of our project has been to produce a research paper on organ donation wherethe focus was put on informing people about the problems that exist within the field as well ascreating impact and influencing policymakers.