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Photojournalists bring Clapton organ shortage to life

A ‘real shortage’ in organ donations by ethnic communities will be the target of photo billboards in Hackney in the New Year.

Inexchange is the latest project by Clapton-based photojournalists Alex Pielak and Tilley Harris, which will use images of black and Asian patients who need organ donations to “tell their stories” across east London.

“The NHS are desperate for more attention and awareness to be raised on this issue. We are trying to encourage more people to donate, while telling patients’ stories.”

Recent figures from the NHS Organ Donor Register estimate the need in these communities to be three to four times higher than that of the rest of the population.

Unfortunately, while the need in these communities remains high, rates of donation are relatively low which ultimately reduces the chance of a finding patients a successful donor match.