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Red Cross aims to boost rates of organ donation

By Shan Juan  (China Daily)

08:41, October 23, 2012

The Red Cross Society of China is recruiting for its upcoming national organ donation management center, which will facilitate donations and encourage life-saving benevolence.

Currently, about 1.5 million Chinese people need organ transplants each year on the mainland, but only 10,000 can have one due to a lack of organs, statistics from the Ministry of Health show.

"The new center under the Red Cross will work together with stakeholders like health authorities to run a nationwide organ donation system and help ease the long-time strain on organ donations for transplants," said Wang Ping, director of the relief and health department of the society.

According to Wang, the system is open to public organ donations after death. Those from executed prisoners, which China's organ transplants have relied on as a main source for donations, are not covered.

The center will be responsible for public advocacy, registration, procurement witnessing, donor recognition and possible humanitarian aid.

Four positions including deputy director of the center are now open for applications and the center will have a staff of 16, according to the information office of the society.

A written test is scheduled later this month and those making the shortlist will have interviews by mid November, said the society's website.

Final results are expected to be publicized late next month, it said.

The society and the Ministry of Health launched a trial organ donation system in selected regions on the mainland in 2010.

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