On February 16, 2012，People’s Daily reported that the demand for organ transplants far exceeds the supply。 According to Statistics from the Chinese Ministry of Health，1.5 million patients need organ transplants due to end stage organ failure, but only about 10,000 people will be able to complete organ transplantation because the ratio of organ demand to supply is 150 to 1.
The report further explained that the main reason for the extreme organ shortage is due to the extremely low donation rate. In China, the number of “organ donations after death” was still zero in 2003. After many years of effort, the donation rate is now 0.03 per one million people.
Source: People’s Daily, February 16, 2012