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

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

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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

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

Obscura Day alert: Biomedical curiosities galore!

Dr. Richard Barnett totally rocks on tour

I am a huge fan of medical museums and scientific entertainment. Some of you may have gathered this from coverage on the Heart of Cape Town Transplant Museum. One of our recent news roundups featured a talk about the unexpected history of blood transfusion. And lord knows it’s newsworthy when art and tissue donation intersect. … 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

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

Vintage Venous Videos: messages of (post)war blood donation

Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Initially romanced by shipwrecks of the Northern California coast, I came across the British Pathe Film Archives. Thereafter, in a state of continued curiosity I searched for footage on blood donation and found a practical gold mine of vintage film clips that offer a rewarding peek into donor outreach and education in its earlier years. … Continue reading

News Roundup #9: National Kidney Day, Black blood donor follow up, bone marrow heroism

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Hello there newshounds! We’ve got another roundup with plenty for you to sniff at. National Kidney Month in U.S. is March, and World Kidney Day was March 8 And we have some related links, since kidney health is directly related to transplantation. Here’s the National Kidney Foundation World Kidney Day page. The Centers for Disease … Continue reading

Giving the gift of life: Youth Education on Organ Donation

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When you’re back is against the wall and your situation looks dire, all anyone wants is a chance. At least one chance to change their situation, an opportunity to fight for what they need. There are many challenging life situations that spring to mind – take for example people in need of a matching donor … Continue reading

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