Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2015
This description of Rafael Matesanz's work was prepared when Rafael Matesanz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Globally, only one out of 20 people who need an organ transplant receive it. While in countries such as the US the wait time to receive an organ is of 3.6 years, in Spain it doesn’t exceed eight months. Rafael Matesanz designed and implemented an innovative and efficient organ donation and transplantation system in Spain, placing the country at the very top of the organ donation list (with 36.0 donors per million people). Considered the most successful system in the world his model is being replicated in countries in the five continents.
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