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Alipay: Organ donors can register online

Friday, 23 December 2016

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Some 300,000 people wait for transplants of lifesaving organs each year-organs that are in short supply. It is a number that Alipay hopes to lower through its vast network of 450 million users in this country.

In partnership with China Organ Transplant Development Foundation, the mobile payment tool is a new way for people to register as potential donors.

Starting Thursday, Alipay users can search “organ donation registration” on the app’s home page to access a registration form. The system was developed and is managed by the foundation, which is affiliated with the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

According to Alipay, its real-name registration system makes it possible to complete the whole process in less than 10 seconds.

A new report on organ donations showed that 83 percent of respondents to a survey in China said they were willing to become a donor, though fewer than 80,000 people are actually registered nationwide. The report was released by Alipay, the foundation and Xinhuanet, the website of Xinhua News Agency.

The cumbersome registration is a major hurdle, the study suggested. Until now, those wishing to sign up had to locate the office to register, then fill out as many as 14 pieces of personal information.

By combining voluntary registration with internet services, the collaboration is likely to exert a potentially profound effect on social mobilization, Huang noted.

Others expressed concern. Safety should never be compromised to convenience in the donation process, said Gao Min, an organ donation coordinator with the Shenzhen branch of the Red Cross Society of China.

China stopped using organs from executed prisoners on Jan 1, 2015, making voluntary donations the only legal source for transplants.

Source by: Internet

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