Hellenic Transplant Organization chief appeals for funds

The head of the Hellenic Transplant Organization (EOM), Athanasios Hatzis, has launched an appeal to the private sector in a bid to raise funds as budget cutbacks have left the organization in dire financial straits.

While the organization had initially applied for funding worth 500,000 euros it is expecting to receive just one-fifth of that from the state this year.

At the same time, EOM warns, the number of donors is declining dangerously: from January to November last year, there had been an average of seven to eight donors a month, while just six donors have appeared since December to the present.

According to Hatzis, the main reason behind the decline is the reduction of the number of intensive care beds in operation.

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