The David Foster Foundation has collaborated with ORGANIZE and Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life to help introduce a new concept of declaring and sharing one’s intent to be an organ donor.
ORGANIZE, a non-profit working to reduce the organ donor waiting list in the US and around the world, has developed technology that captures social declarations regarding a person’s organ donation wishes. Individuals can declare their intent via social media and, should they die in a way that allows for organ donation, healthcare professionals can access the platform to provide families with the opportunity to see the social declarations their loved ones publically posted regarding end-of-life wishes and organ donation decisions.
The company has entered into an agreement with Transplant Manitoba, the first province in Canada to introduce the service to specially trained donor coordinators who work with families facing the death of a loved one and deciding if organ donation is an option. Currently, Manitoba has the lowest rate of registered organ donors in Canada with 1.1% per cent of the population officially registered. Transplant Manitoba hopes to increase that number, and hopefully start a social declaration movement across Canada. Continue reading
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