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

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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

Docking the undocumented: (im)migrant transplants and treatment

May Day Immigration March in Los Angeles

Once again, the news dispenses a bevy of stories about undocumented immigrants facing bleak circumstances in their fight for transplantation and treatment. In a cross-post with Access Denied, I’ve discussed at length questions of equitable organ allocation and the added challenges undocumented immigrants like Jesus Navarro face in financing a transplant and post-operative treatment. That … Continue reading

Meet Ryan Manansala

Ryan and his friends at first drive

We are pleased to introduce TransplantInformers readers to an outstanding focus patient: Ryan Manasala.  The purpose of patient bios is to provide our patients with a voice, an outlet to share their story. This is very important with bone marrow/stem cell donor recruitment – the general public responds to our mission if they can put … Continue reading

News Roundup #14: From UNOS to Obesity, NYT to Jewish donors, and bringing you the toothsomest

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Random Reports and Reportage New articles from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) update are now online.  Articles include a  guide to paired donation and a primer on “a new quality metric with every deceased donor kidney offer. The ‘kidney donor profile index (KDPI)”  provides clinicians with insights into the quality of a kidney compared … Continue reading

Conceptions of Reciprocity: The Navarro transplant case, organ allocation and undocumented immigrants

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The following piece was prepared for the blog AccessDenied: A Conversation on Unauthorized Im/migration and Health and is cross-posted here with permission. Organ donors give the gift of life, but the sheer volume of patients hoping for transplants far outstrips donor generosity. How should we make decisions to ensure the equitable distribution of a limited … Continue reading

Anthony Nolan: UK Asian community rallies, Asian=Asian?

Rik Basra (Source: Anthony Nolan Trust)

We are thrilled to welcome  Anthony Nolan as our newest forthcoming contributors. To preface their contributions, we’re sharing one of their biggest successes in bone marrow donor outreach in the UK’s Asian community. Police inspector Rik Basra’s story served to mobilize a huge swath of the Asian population, recruiting about 1,000 Asian donors in half … Continue reading

News Roundup #12: Living donor safety, Portland piñata, transplant tobacco test, Donate Life Month

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We’ve reached a dozen news roundups! Living donors need protection This report from CNN actually fairly evenhandedly reports about a recent living organ donor death. The articles sidebar actually shows positive success rates for transplantation, and points out that death from living organ donation is an exception, not a rule. However, it also points out … Continue reading

Rawr! The fierce hustle to have dragon babies

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How much of a role do the market and the business side of fertility clinics play in the demand for babies?  And how does this market role affect egg donors and surrogate mothers?  Just this year, the fertility industry saw an upsurge in demand that it had never seen before, owing to the phenomenon of … Continue reading

South Africa Spotlight: Sunflower Fund primer on shortage of black donors

The many faces of The Sunflower Fund

Editor’s Note: This is our first post from our new contributors, The Sunflower Fund. It serves as an overview of their organization, and focuses on the distinct shortage of black donors. We look forward to future posts detailing their work and the South African context. By Tarryn Corlett-Boden MISSION:  The Sunflower Fund aims to educate … Continue reading

Giving the gift of life: Youth Education on Organ Donation – Part 2

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In our last article we introduced the ACLT’s (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) UK ‘Giving the Gift of Life’ Ambassador program and discussed how the programme has the ability to bring hope to both potential recipients and young people. Building on that post, we will expand on the ways in which this important programme impacts people’s attitudes … Continue reading

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