The Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), founded by Dr. Clive O. Callender, is the first national organization designed to educate minority communities on facts about organ/tissue donation and transplantation. Since 1993, National MOTTEP has been working to solve the shortage of organ and tissue donors. National MOTTEP expanded from three sites in 1993 to 15 sites in 1995 across the country. Michigan's MOTTEP, based in Detroit, was launched in 1995 and serves multicultural initiatives focused on the African-American, Native-American, Hispanic/Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander, and Arab American populations.
- Nearly 114,000 patients nationally are currently on transplant waiting list; more than 3,000 of them live in Michigan
- Well over 50 percent of patients waiting for transplants nationally are of an ethnic minority
- Of the more than 3,000 patients awaiting kidney transplants in Michigan, 38 percent are African-American
Organ and tissue donation is extremely important in multicultural communities, because the populations in general – and African-Americans, in particular – are disproportionately affected by diseases that can lead to organ failure, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity/poor nutrition, drug and alcohol abuse. Minorities do DONATE; however, the organ need and the donation rates are disproportionate.
Gift of Life MOTTEP uses a community-based approach with ethnically similar messengers and the use of multimedia to dispel the myths and misconceptions about the process of donation.