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Donate Organs On Facebook

Donate Organs On Facebook

(ePharmaNews) – Facebook comes with surprises every day and other, you can put a cover photo, subscribe to people without being friend with them and post on a timeline, and now, you will be able to share your stand of view of organs donation!

The idea started When Harvard University friends Sheryl Sandberg and Andrew M. Cameron, M.D., Ph.D., met up at their 20th college reunion last spring, they got to talking. Sandberg knew that Cameron, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, was passionate about solving the perennial problem of transplantation: the critical shortage of donated organs in the United States. And he knew that Sandberg, as chief operating officer of Facebook, had a way of easily reaching hundreds of millions of people.

““Doctors save lives one person at a time. Sheryl is able to reach people millions at a time,” says Cameron, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and surgical director of liver transplantation. “We have a public health problem that really just needs education, communication and discussion. It’s a great match.”

The chatting between friends turned to brainstorming. The result: Starting today, Facebook announced today that : “Starting today, you can add that you’re an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor. If you’re not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you’ll find a link to the official donor registry there as well.”.

The hope is that, by starting a conversation with friends and family through social media, the discussion will go viral, with a critical mass of people educating themselves about the benefits of organ donation and choosing to register as organ donors.

A“Today, more than 114,000 people in the United States, and millions more around the globe, are waiting for the heart, kidney or liver transplant that will save their lives. Many of those people – an average of 18 people per day – will die waiting, because there simply aren’t enough organ donors to meet the need. Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role” according to Facebook announcement.

The need for organ donation keeps increasing, while the rate of donation over the past 20 years is almost flat, despite widespread public health campaigns. In surveys, upwards of 90 percent of Americans say they favor organ transplantation, but only 30 percent of the 200 million in the U.S. with driver’s licenses are official organ donors. That leaves a large number of people in the middle who are conceptually in agreement with the idea but haven’t officially checked the box to make their wishes known.

“I can’t tell you how many times a family, faced with the death of a loved one, says they wished they had asked about organ donation before that person died,” Cameron says,“It’s an awkward and difficult conversation to have about what will happen to you after you die, and the department of motor vehicles is a particularly difficult environment in which to ask people to make important decisions about their lives,But Facebook, where you are already sharing your wishes and thoughts and likes with your friends and loved ones, may be a natural place to share your feelings about organ donation. This application will make having that conversation even easier” he added.

“Medical experts believe that broader awareness about organ donation could go a long way toward solving this crisis. And we believe that by simply telling people that you're an organ donor, the power of sharing and connection can play an important role” Sheryl said.

Facebook is now making it easier for users to get more information about donation — including the myths and misperceptions associated with organ donation — and is offering links to state databases where users can make their desire to donate official, just as if they had checked the box at the department of motor vehicles, and a team at Johns Hopkins intend to carefully study the effect the Facebook effort has on organ donation rates. If it is successful, Cameron says he believes it could be used as a prototype for tackling other challenging public health problems.

This campaign is not the only positive effect of facebook,"Last year in Missouri, Facebook users tracked down and returned treasured mementos to families who thought they’d lost everything in the Joplin tornado. In Japan, people used Facebook to locate family and friends following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Smaller acts of kindness happen millions of times a day on Facebook"according to Facebook announcement.and one of facebook pages pushed one company to produce "Bald Barbie" as a supportive method to children with cancer.

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Prepared by: Marcell Shehwaro
Translated by: Awss Zidan

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