What is MOTTEP?


The Minority Organ and Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP),  founded by Dr. Clive O. Callendar, is the first national organization designed to educate minority communities on facts about organ/tissue donation and transplantation.  Since June 1993, National MOTTEP has been actively working to solve the number one problem in transplantation - the shortage of organ/tissue donors.  National MOTTEP expanded from three (3) sites in 1993 to fifteen (15) sites in 1995 across the country.  Gift of Life MOTTEP was launched in 1995 and serves the African American, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander populations.



MOTTEP was originally established to increase the number of minority organ and tissue transplant donors.


100,000 patients nationally are currently on transplant waiting lists

50% of patients waiting for transplants are of an ethnic minority

46% of patients awaiting kidney transplants in Michigan are African American

25% of the available donor pool represents minority donors

17 transplant patients die each day while awaiting and organ

One name is added to the transplant waiting list every 16 minutes

One donor can provide life-saving organs for seven (7) persons

One donor can provide quality enhancing tissues for 230 persons



Establish cooperative relationships and/or acquired sponsorship from public and private organizations to assist in the educational campaign for the minority populations within the community.


Empower specific ethnic minority populations to develop and implement Action Plans that will increase awareness levels within their own communities.


Educate the ethnic minority populations with facts regarding organ/tissue donation and transplantation and increase the number of organ/tissue donor registries signed by minorities.


Inform ethnic minority populations about the specific behaviors and the resulting diseases that lead to the need for organ/tissue transplantation, e.g. Diabetes, Hypertension, Hearing Disease and Substance Abuse.



This issue is extremely important in the minority community because the minority populations in general and African Americans in particular are disproportionately affected by disease that can lead to organ failure i.e. Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity/Poor nutrition, drug and alcohol abuse.  Minorities do DONATE, however the organ need and the donation rate are disproportionate.  Minority populations have been reluctant to donations because of :


Mistrust of the Medical Community

Fear of Premature Death


Religious Beliefs and Superstitions

Lack of Awareness

Detroit MOTTEP Foundation

736 Lothrop  Detroit  MI  48206

PH (313) 875-9055   FAX (313) 875-9058