From the MHH

Camper tour campaigns for organ donation

From May 27 to June 2, 2024, the MHH transplant representatives will be traveling through the north to educate people about organ donation. On Saturday, June 1, 2024, Organ Donation Day, the info campers will stop at the MHH.

An information camper with the inscription "Organ donation: Let's talk about it" drives along a rain-soaked road; a m horizon reveals a rainbow.

Info campers on tour: On Saturday, June 1, 2024, on Organ Donation Day, the info campers will also stop at the MHH. Copyright: Netzwerk der Transplantationsbeauftragten (TxB) Region NORD e.V.

To mark Organ Donation Day on Saturday, June 1, 2024, the organ donation advisors (transplant officers) at Hannover Medical School (MHH) are taking part in the "Camping for Organ Donation" campaign organized by the Network of Transplant Officers (TxB) Region NORD e.V. From May 27 to June 2, 2024, the network's transplant officers will be travelling throughout Lower Saxony with a total of four information campervans - one of them from MHH - to talk to the public. The info mobiles will stop at various meeting places, including weekly markets, shopping centers, schools, but also campsites, pubs, open-air festivals and sporting events. "In Germany, there is still far too little talk about attitudes towards organ donation," says Dr. Frank Logemann, one of five MHH organ donation advisors. "With our campaign, we want to inform the public about the topic in an open-minded and neutral way."

Campers provide information on June 1 on the MHH grounds

The MHH organ donation advisors inform patients, visitors and staff about organ and tissue donation on Organ Donation Day on the MHH campus. Three campervans will be

  • on Saturday, June 1, 2024,
  • from 1 to 4 pm
  • in front of the MHH main entrance, the MHH Children's Hospital and at the "Place of Silence" in the patient garden,
  • Carl-Neuberg-Straße 2, 30625 Hanover.

The team will be supported by members of the Transplant Center's Patient Advisory Board, who will share their experiences of living with a transplanted organ, and the "Streetbunnys", who will escort the campervans around the MHH grounds to the Children's Hospital. On their tour, the organ donation advisors will also be collecting donations for the MHH Children's Hospital. The donations will be handed over at the children's hospital on Saturday.

Documenting the decision relieves relatives

According to a representative survey conducted by the Federal Center for Health Education, 84 percent of people in Germany have a positive attitude towards organ donation; however, only 44 percent have documented their decision for or against organ and tissue donation. The reason: a lack of knowledge and trust in organ and tissue donation among the population. However, every documented decision relieves the burden on relatives in the event of a case because the decision can be clearly determined. "Many official bodies have been trying for years to improve the situation through legal regulations and information campaigns. The evaluations show that the population has not yet been reached sufficiently in this way," says Dr. Logemann. "That's why we go to the places where we meet the population."

Citizens can record their decision for or against organ and tissue donation in an organ donor card, a living will and, since March 2024, online in the organ donation register.

You can find the info campers at the following locations from May 27 to June 2:

May 27, 2024
14:00: Two info campers at the Oldenburg Clinic.
16:00 -17:30: Info-Camping at the Delmenhorst Clinic

May 28, 2024
12:00 - 14:00: Info camping at the Westküstenklinikum Heide (Holst)
15:30 - 17:30: Organ donation meets Waterkant, Am Ankerplatz, Büsum
18:00 - 19:00: Info camping at the Nordsee campsite, Am Ankerplatz, Büsum

May 29, 2024
9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Info camping in the city center of Kiel, Cittipark Kiel, Mühlendamm 1, 24113 Kiel
9:00 am - 12:45 pm: Info camping in the city center of Lüneburg, Grapengießerstraße 5, 21335 Lüneburg
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Info camping at the Lüneburg Clinic
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.: DRK desk donation with information on organ donation in Scharnebeck, Scharnbeck School Center
3:30 - 6:00 p.m.: DRK desk donation with information on organ donation in Oldenburg-Bümmerstede, Bümmersteder Krug, Sandkruger Straße 180, 26133 Oldenburg
18:30 - 20:00: Info camping in Bümmerstede, Bümmersteder Krug

May 30, 2024
08:00 - 10:30: Info camping at Pingel Anton secondary school in Cloppenburg
10:00 - 13:00: Info camping at the weekly market in Cloppenburg
13:30 - 16:00: Info camping and cooperation meeting at Leer hospital
15:30 - 20:00: DRK office; donation with information on organ donation in Bleckede, Bleckeder Haus, Schützenweg 1, 21354 Bleckede
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Info camping before information on living wills/power of attorney in the parish hall, Bogenstraße 10, 49762 Sustrum-Moor
19:00 - 21:00: Info camping in Carolinensiel, Harlesiel campsite, Schwerinsgroden

May 31, 2024
10:00 - 14:00: Info camping and kite festival in Carolinensiel
16:00 - 23:00: Info camping, tombola and "Saterland rocks" on the Ramsloh sports field, Schulstrasse 9, 26683 Saterland

June 2024
9:30 - 10:15 am: Cooperation meeting with the Streetbunnys at Oldenburg Hospital
10:15 - 1:00 pm: Campervans meet Streetbunnys on the road to MHH, Hanover
1:00 - 4:00 pm: Info camping and Streetbunnys on the MHH campus
3:00 - 9:00 pm: Info camping and "BBR meets cultural heritage", Fagus-Werk factory site in Alfeld (Leine)

June 2, 2024
10:00 - 14:00: Info camping and world culture run in Alfeld (Leine)

Text: Camilla Mosel