The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is launching an organ donation campaign in coordination with the Philippine Network of Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) and the Department of Health (DOH), PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
The initiative will start in August through a massive public information campaign by the PRC, PhilNOS and DOH on the importance of organ donation in saving other people’s lives.
“The Red Cross is committed to make sure all our volunteers, all our staff will become volunteer organ donors,” Gordon said.
DOH records reveal that only 36 Filipinos donated organs last year. As a result, many patients in need of transplants die while waiting or buy organs from the black market.
Spain, the largest organ donor country worldwide, registered 1,360 organ donors in 2013.
The PRC will encourage its two million volunteers and staff to sign up as volunteer organ donors.
Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said the Red Cross could also deploy ambulances in its chapters around the country to transport organ donors to qualified medical facilities where transplants can be performed.
The organization also plans to put up dialysis clinics in some of its chapters as part of an agreement with the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI).