Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - UK'S NHS BLOOD & TRANSPLANT LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN TO BOOST NUMBER OF PEOPLE JOINING THE ORGAN REGISTRY
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Please help us pass this important piece of legislation! Hearings on July 1st!
Donate Life California is sponsoring Senate Bill 552, which would require public high schools that elect to offer health education classes to include 15 minutes on organ and tissue donation. Our goal is to provide students with the foundational knowledge about donation so that they can make an informed decision at the time they first apply to get their drivers license or identification card at the DMV.
Donate Life California is committed to providing classes with the instructional material so there will be no additional costs to classrooms.
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WORLD DAY OF ORGAN DONATION / EUROPEAN DAY FOR ORGAN DONATION LINKED TO ISODP CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
According to the previous law, only people aged 15 or older were allowed to receive transplants, brain death was not recognized as legal death, and organ transplantation was only possible if the potential donor had declared their intention to donate organs while alive.
The new amended bill recognizes brain death as legal death, does not put an age limit for organ transplants and allows family members to chose if the organs of a relative can be used for organ transplantations unless the propsective donor had clearly said no before his/her death.
The new law is intended to ease the burden on families with children that need organ transplantations and so far had to go abroad to receive them. Further, lawmakers also hope to increase the overall number of organ transplantations from only 81 since the enactment of the original bill in 1997.
Yet the amendment is highly controversial. There are also doubts as to the extent of the understanding by lawmakers about the details of the bill including possible ethical consequences before voting.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
This event further demonstrates the support of religion for organ and tissue donation. For those who are looking for opportunities to build awareness houses of worship are very happy to include donation as a part of their informational program and community outreach. We look forward to receiving your stories and examples of what you are doing in your community.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Annually August 1st is recognized as National Minority Donor Awareness Day and donor awareness campaigns across the U.S. focuses on obstacles related to minorities and donation. Please share with all of us what your plans are for this August to build awareness in our multicultural society for organ and tissue donation.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
TONIGHT SHOW host Conan OBrien was telling the story of his becoming a Los Angeles resident and his experience at the California DMV. He was floored that the DMV agent allowed him to take three pictures claiming that "this is the best picture that someone has taken of me ever!" and proceed to show his drivers license. Behold, the "Pink Dot"!!!! Conan has designated his wishes to be a donor!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Friday, May 16th, 2008
Nashville, Tennessee —The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) is pleased to announce that more than one million Tennesseans have signed up as organ and tissue donors on the state-authorized Donate Life Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The milestone follows last month’s public awareness campaign focused on donor registration at TDOS Driver License Service Centers and County Clerk Offices.
“This is very good news for the 2,077 people in Tennessee who need life-saving organ transplants and the thousands more who need tissue transplants to enhance their quality of life,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “We are proud that our role in Donate Life Tennessee is increasing the number of registered donors and saving lives. We are making it easier for all Tennesseans to join their one million fellow citizens who have already decided to give the gift of life.”
Congratulations! Keep up the great work in building awareness and encourage people to sign up as donors
TRANSPLANT EXPO LAUNCHED IN BOSTON TO EDUCATE ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF TRANSPLANTATION AND ADDRESS ORGAN DONOR SHORTAGE
A recent survey conducted by Donate Life America, with support from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas), found that people in Massachusetts were significantly more likely than all adults nationwide to have not signed up because they “don’t have time” or “haven’t gotten around to it” (22 percent versus 7 percent nationwide). Donate Life New England is launching an online registry this spring in an effort to simplify the registration process.
“There is an organ availability crisis taking place in Massachusetts and around the country,” said David Fleming, Executive Director, Donate Life America. “It is important for the donation and transplant community to continue to educate people about how to register and drive people to take that action.”
Transplant Expo and Making Strides Run/Walk Aim to Inspire and Incite Action
The event took place Saturday, May 30, through Monday, June 1, the Transplant Expo, hosted by Astellas, visited The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade, 800 Boylston Street. The Expo provided an intimate look at the wonders of transplantation and the dedicated heroes who help make it possible, as well as explored the art and science of transplantation, the history of transplantation and inspirational stories of heroic donors. Volunteers from Donate Life New England were on-site to answer questions and provide visitors with the opportunity to join the state donor registry.
Chris Klug, bronze medalist snowboarder and liver transplant recipient, attended the Expo to greet attendees. On Monday, June 1, Astellas First Annual Making Strides: A 5K Run/Walk for Organ Donation took place on the banks of Boston’s Charles River. Transplant professionals attending the American Transplant Congress, as well as the public were invited to run or walk to show their support for the transplant community. For every finisher, Astellas donated $1 - up to $20,000 total - to the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients (hopefuls and recipients) afford critical but uninsured medically related expenses through fundraising guidance, patient resources and support, as well as financial assistance.
So if you are inspired by this, phone your local organ procurement organization and see if a similar program can be replicated in your area. In this current economic times, we are sure many shopping malls would be happy to co-sponsor to get more foot traffic which in-turn translates into more sales. All the stores may be able to feature one sale item where a percentage of the sales can go to the donor registry. Just a thought. Any comments?
May 27, 2009 10:36 AM
McGuinty Government Provides Job-Protected Leave For Living Organ Donors
Living organ donors in Ontario will soon have the benefit of job-protected leave.
Ontario has passed amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide unpaid job-protected leave for employees who donate certain organs to another individual. The amendments come into force upon proclamation.
The legislation builds on the $4 million announced in 2007 to implement an Organ Donation Strategy. The strategy includes the establishment of the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors, a fund that will reimburse living organ donors for certain eligible, out-of-pocket expenses and lost income associated with their organ donation.
Living donation has many advantages such as reducing wait times and patient suffering, increased transplant success, and reduced health costs. For more information: http://news.ontario.ca or Trillium Gift of Life Network
Monday, June 1, 2009
People who wish to donate their organs will be able to do so even if their surviving family object to the decision. The Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs on Tuesday unveiled a bill aiming to promote organ donation which will be finalized this month and submitted to the National Assembly in September.
To allow a person who did not consent to donating their organs before death to do so, the consent of two people -- a spouse, immediate family members, lineal descendants or siblings -- is required. But following the revision, the consent of just one will be enough.
At present, between six to 10 people including three doctors are required to sit on hospital committees that determine whether a patient is brain dead. Following the changes, only four to six including two doctors will be required. Mentally or physically disabled people were not allowed to donate their organs if they did not offer their personal consent, but the changes will allow organ donations from such people based on consent from their surviving family.
To prevent the trade in human organs and other negative effects, only medical institutions authorized to handle organ transplants will be allowed to register and manage lists of recipients. At present, the central government and local governments, the Red Cross and non-profit organizations are also allowed to do this.
Last year, 256 people donated organs, a near two-fold rise from 2007, but more donors are needed since the waiting list has risen sharply to 10,717 in 2008, compared to 7,614 in 2007.
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