MORA Applauds AOPO’s 50,000 Organ Transplants by 2026 Campaign that Focuses on Improving System and Saving More Lives

May 11, 2021

JACKSON, MS—the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) applauds and supports the newly announced Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) groundbreaking effort to reach 50,000 organ transplants annually by 2026. The goal represents a 50% increase over current annual figures and it sets the donation and transplant community on the path to complement and exceed the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ (CMS) expectation of 41,000 annual transplants during the same time period. This would amount to an additional 22% more organs transplanted beyond the CMS final rule benchmark set forth earlier this year.

“Last year, MORA worked to facilitate organ donation from 98 donors leading to a record number of 284 organ transplants and many lives saved,” says Kevin Stump, MORA President/CEO. “We are dedicated to increasing our donation and transplant rates year over year.”

Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) are a vital component of a larger system and true success comes from OPOs, donor hospitals, transplant programs, and other stakeholders working together toward this common goal of increased organ transplants. MORA will partner with AOPO on four improvement initiatives to:

  1. Expand collaboration across the AOPO membership and among all stakeholders.
  2. Reduce health inequities to improve accessibility of organ transplants in minority communities
  3. Maximize organ utilization by transplant programs
  4. Drive innovation to increase donation and maximize transplantation

“AOPO, and our members, are committed to improving the organ donation and transplantation process to optimize every opportunity to pursue, recover, and transplant organs,” says Steve Miller, AOPO CEO. “By undertaking these steps to improve the system, we are honoring donors and donor families who made the selfless gift to donate and ensuring those waiting for a life-saving transplant receive organs as soon as possible.”

MORA will regularly share updates and milestones about the 50,000 Organ Transplants by 2026 Campaign.  For more details, including the full campaign overview, visit the AOPO website.

More than 1,400 Mississippians are currently on the waiting list for a lifesaving transplant. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 75 recipients or more. Register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor at

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