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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

95% of Americans support organ donation, only 50% donate – White House calls for change

RT America
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About 120,000 people in the US are on the organ transplant waiting list and a new person is added every 10 minutes, while 22 die waiting each day, but his might radically change in the next six months if a White House proposal goes according to plan.

Americans currently register to donate their organs through their states’ motor vehicle departments, but while 95 percent support the organ donation program, only 50 percent are actually registered to participate, according to the White House.

With the help of Silicon Valley companies, the Obama administration wants to use new technologies to “re-imagine the donor registration system by increasing registrations and life-saving transplants.”

“More than 12 organizations including Facebook, ORGANIZE, Tinder and Twitter are developing new tools and public advocacy campaigns to increase the options and ease of registering to be an organ donor, with the goal of achieve 1 million new registrations and social declarations by the autumn of 2016,” said the White House in a statement released on Monday. Continue reading
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