TRANSPLANT FLIGHT FOR LIFE – EMERGENCY FLIGHT PLAN
The Organ Donor Foundation administers the Transplant Flight for Life – Emergency Flight Plan. The fund was set up to finance chartered flights to transport organs from remote areas to waiting recipients when there are no scheduled flights available.
These charters range in costs from R50,000 to R100,000 per flight and this service is used by both state and private hospitals and transplant centres countrywide
ODF receives a limited number of sponsored flights each year and attempts to use all sponsored flights before incurring flight costs. Use of the flights depends on the availability of the aircraft, crew and sponsorship allocation. If we cannot access a sponsored flight, we must pay for a chartered flight if funding is available. This kind of outlay places a huge burden on ODF’s funding efforts.