Facebook will roll out a campaign encouraging everyone on Facebook to start advertising their donor status on their pages, along with their birth dates and schools.
In the Philippines, organ donation is supported by the Human Organ Preservation Effort (HOPE) it is a program of the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) that coordinates organ donation. It was created specifically for the retrieval, preservation, and allocation of organs and tissues for clinical transplantation.
Ideally, a person who wants to donate certain organ after death has an Organ Donor Authorization Card. The organ donor card identifies your wish to become an organ donor. Republic Act 7170, the Organ Donation Act of 1991, legalizes this through the organ donor card.
Under the Facebook plan, members will be able to declare and update their organ donation status. The status will appear with other biographical information in a section called Health and Wellness.
Oops! for Filipino Facebook users, updating your Facebook Organ Donor status would be much more meaningful, wiser and legal if you could also secure an organ donor card. Our law recognizes it! =)
Call or visit the HOPE office of the NKTI at the 2nd floor, Medical Arts Building, Annex II, Quezon City. Look for or talk to any of the transplant coordinators. You may attend twice a month (1st and 3rd Wednesday, 9-11 a.m.) the Kidney Transplant Support Team pre-transplant orientation at the Hospital Auditorium II, 3rd floor of the Main Building. More info at www.nkti.gov.ph
For potential deceased organ donation, call hotlines: NKTI trunkline — 924-3601 to 19; NKTI hotline — 926-8940; HOPE telefax (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) — 924-4673. Also call the HOPE transplant coordinators at cell phone numbers 0906485-4593, 09162582770, 09275980441, and 0916258-9685.