Hanoi Red Cross launches campaign calling for more organ donations

Monday, 2019-02-18 16:40:04
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Staff of Hanoi Red Cross receive cards recognising their donation of tissues and organs. (Photo: petrotimes.vn)
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NDO – The Hanoi Red Cross Society launched a campaign to call for registration for the donation of tissues and organs on February 18, conveying a message on the humanitarian act to save those needed among the community.

According to the Ministry of Health, over the past 25 years, since the first organ transplant in Vietnam in 1992, the number of organ transplants performed across the nation is still small compared to the large and increasing number of patients awaiting tissue and organ sources for transplantation. Many of them with impaired heart, kidney, liver, and lung function are struggling to live, but very few of them have the opportunity to undergo organ transplants because of the scarce number of organ donors.

Promoting the nation’s humanitarian tradition, in 2019, the Hanoi Red Cross is striving for 100% of the association's establishments to propagate widely among the public on the issue and launch registration to donate tissues and organs, targeting at least 300 people to donate their organs to help others after brain death. The society also attaches the donation registration to the launch of blood donation drives.

At the ceremony, all staff from the Hanoi Red Cross, along with 40 locals, voluntarily registered to donate their organs. The association received 54 applications at the launch and will send them to the Vietnam National Coordinating Centre for Human Organ Transplantation.

Sharing at the programme, Chairman of Hanoi Red Cross Nguyen Sy Truong said that registering to donate tissues and organs after brain death not only brings new life to patients in need but also helps society to become better and more humane.

He also expressed his association’s wish to receive support and voluntarily registrations from the Red Cross staff and volunteers, as well as from the community, to replicate the kindhearted act, thus opening up more opportunities for patients to have a better life.