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

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

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

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

Ay Masakit! Donor outreach and the Filipino ouch factor

Some marrow extraction happens via syringe, but you may donate using peripheral blood instead.

There are many misconceptions within the Filipino American community on the subject of bone marrow/adult stem cell donation. Within the Filipino American community there is an idea that bone marrow donation is an extremely painful procedure. This concept of pain might explain why there are only 57,000 Filipino Americans registered bone marrow/stem cell donors, according … Continue reading

“NOT MY PROBLEM”: A key perspective on Black donor resistance in the UK

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The following post is a subjective discourse on the reluctance of people from Black, Asian and minority communities to step forward and become life-saving blood, bone marrow and organ donors. It is written by one of our new regular contributors, the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) in the UK and speaks to their particular context … Continue reading

News Roundup #6: Donating tooth and tissue to art, Pacific Islander mobilization, Aussie multiculti organs issues…

Behold the beauty of the tooth as art  Source: Wikimedia Commons, Håkan Svensson

This roundup is full of wide-ranging goodness for you to chew on. Sink your teeth into this Donation isn’t just for transplantation, there’s a discussion in the UK about living donation of human tissue for art. It’s in conjunction with a fascinating exhibit called Palaces which features baby teeth (or in the British parlance “milk … Continue reading

Hide and Seek: The Attempt to Find Asian Egg Donors

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In November 2006 the Washington Post published an article on the relative lack of Asian egg donors to the demand of recipients.  The article follows Regina and Dennis Joyner, a couple who eventually gave up looking for an Asian egg donor after an 18 month grueling search.  Another couple found success using donated eggs and a … Continue reading

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