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Body, cornea donation registration up 50%

A TOTAL of 2,487 people registered to donate their body or their corneas last year, up nearly 50 percent from 2011, according to the Shanghai Red Cross.

There were 579 cases of successful donations of the body and 10 donations of corneas after death last year, said Red Cross officials yesterday, the 11th anniversary of Shanghai Body Donation Memorial Day.

By the end of 2012, the city had seen 33,814 donation registrations including 4,955 registrations for corneas. A total of 6,679 donations had been made.

Local officials are planning a campaign to encourage more people to donate of the body and corneas, as neither meets the demand for medical teaching or cornea transplants.

"Some registered donors were unable to donate their body after death because their family disagreed," an official with the Shanghai Red Cross said.

The severe shortage of organs needed for transplant patients is bringing change.

Since the State Council passed a national law expanding organ donations in 2007, local health authority and the Shanghai Red Cross have been drafting detailed guidelines on organ donation registration and management.

Shanghai is participating in the pilot program of a national organ donation system and announced in December the first group of 17 city-level hospitals to carry out human organ collection and transplants.

The announcement marked the official start of work under a national organ donation system in the city.

Under the system, all information about donated organs and patients with organ failure will be put into the national organ distribution and sharing network to ensure organs are given to the patients with the greatest need on the waiting list.


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