Increase in Successful Tissue and Organ Transplants in Costa Rica

Healthcare system has been improved to secure the correct use of organs and tissues for transplantation.

According to a report by the Ministry of Health, 1.8 transplants were made per donor in 2015, while in 2016 those numbers raised up to 2.5 transplants per donor, which means an increase of 40%.

These figures are the outcome of people’s solidarity, which is a clear evidence of how important it is to count on volunteer organ donors.

Corneas are the most demanded tissues but at present, there are not corneas available to meet the current demand.

One of the breakthroughs attained regarding organ transplants in the country is the new organ transplant law which was first issued in 2014. It’s the Organ and Tissue Transplants Law 9222 which aims to regulate organ transplantation through the Ministry of Health in coordination with other authorities.

Watch this video and see what a corneal transplantation is about.