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  • Welcome to TransplantInformers

    TransplantInformers is a blog project featuring contributors sharing news and views about transplant and blood donor outreach and education from around the world. It is also a discussion space for sharing best practices and ideas inspiring the work of donor recruitment. We cover donor drives and campaigns, grassroots health outreach and education, book and article reviews, analysis of pop culture representations of transplantation and transfusion, bioethics and much more.

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    TransplantInformers is supported by AADP, an U.S.based organization focused on bone marrow donor recruitment in multi ethnic communities.

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Xenotransplantation Basics: No, it’s not a warrior princess

Imagine a world where we have farms of pigs and primates, purposely bred and used for human organs.  Or consider a scenario much like Nalo Hopkinson’s novel, Brown Girl In The Ring, where xenotransplantation is the norm, and human-to-human organ donation is seen as barbaric, even cannibalistic. Using animal organs and tissue in lieu of … Continue reading

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Crafting a donor recruitment piece: the South African example

Editor’s Note: Tarryn Corlett-Boden, the Operations Manager (PR, Marketing and Communications) for The Sunflower Fund shares their process of sculpting of a donor education piece for their work in South Africa. She also reminds us that some of the more traditional outreach channels remain vital. by Tarryn Corlett-Boden One of the biggest challenges that The Sunflower … Continue reading

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13, 12, 11, 10…Laugh for Lives is here!

Tomorrow is the 6th Annual Laugh for Lives (LFL), one of the biggest fundraisers for the Asian American Donor Program (AADP). The lineup is as exciting as ever, with returning performer Kevin Shea, but also talent never before seen on the LFL stage, including Monrok and Jimmy Ouyang. In fact, this year even deviates from … Continue reading

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In Turn: Ellyse’s OutLook, Part 3

In a series of posts, Ellyse Look shares her journey as an Asian American Donor Program (AADP) intern with us in a series of thoughtful and detailed reflections. It’s a revealing window into the everyday ups and downs and the minutiae of donor recruitment. Her diary is also testament to a truly hands-on experience, and … Continue reading

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Giving the Gift of Life Youth Organ Donation Awareness: The GGOL Ambassador Experience…so far

Giving the Gift of Life (GGOL) is a unique programme cultivating organ, blood and bone marrow donor youth ambassadors through job skills training. It was created by the UK’s African Caribbean Leukamia Trust (ACLT). One of their participants from the programme gives us the inside scoop on his training experience. By Matthew Babayemi, ACLT Youth … Continue reading

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In turn: Ellyse’s OutLook, part 2

In a series of posts, Ellyse Look shares her journey as an Asian American Donor Program (AADP) intern with us in a series of thoughtful and detailed reflections. It’s a revealing window into the everyday ups and downs and the minutiae of donor recruitment. Her diary is also testament to a truly hands-on experience, and  … Continue reading

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In Turn: Ellyse’s OutLook

Editor’s Note: My passion for transplant donor outreach and education was stoked as the first college intern at the Asian American Donor Program (AADP). I am so proud that since 2004 AADP has continued to encourage the next generation of health educators and community advocates,  regularly welcoming interns into their fold. We all know that … Continue reading

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The lower “cost” of bone marrow donation: freshly minted research out on donor (dis)incentives

Paying bone marrow or organ donors is still a hot button issue.  Ethical qualms aside, the core question surrounding this issue is whether such monetary incentives, or less drastic incentives like tax breaks, are actually effective enough to encourage more donors to register. But a less divisive and perhaps less public donor benefit has been … Continue reading

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Enter the Young: British teens become world’s youngest donors

This is huge news. While the age to join the bone marrow registry is normally 18 in most countries, the Anthony Nolan registry in the UK made a historical shift at the beginning of October lowering the age to 16. British teenagers joining at this age will be the youngest registered donors in the world. … Continue reading

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Commodification of the Reproductive Donor: Part 2 (The Matching Process)

I ended the previous article in my Commodification of the Reproductive Donor series discussing the “donor profile” and the donor catalog.  In this second part of the series I show how egg donors are commodified through the matching process with prospective parents; specifically, how these processes advertise and treat reproductive donors as objects or products. … Continue reading

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