Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The HOPE Organ Donor Card

I found this news about the HOPE Donor Card from www.inquirer.net:

"Over the past decade, the Philippines has gained an international reputation as a hub for the illegal traffic in human organs from living donors, with some hospitals catering to wealthy foreign patients requiring kidney transplants.
The DOH head issued an administrative order on the program, which she said “shall set the policies and guidelines for a deceased donors program for our country that will be feasible, equitable and ethical.”

At the same time, the nongovernmental group, Human Organ Preservation Effort (HOPE) launched its “Organ Donor Card Project.”

A HOPE donor card is the “equivalent of a legal consent document” allowing an individual to donate any of his body organ or organs shortly after his death.

"Before a person can become a cadaver donor, he or she must be certified as brain dead.

Once tagged as brain dead, among the organs that can be harvested from the donor include kidneys, the liver, bone marrow, pancreas, lungs, corneas and the heart.

For those without HOPE donor cards, a signed consent of the nearest kin is needed.

On the other hand, the only organs that can be donated under “living-related organ donations” are one kidney, bone marrow and a part of the liver, provided they would not cause any danger to the donor’s life."


For interested parties, you may call the HOPE office located at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) at tel nos. 924-3601 to 19 or you may visit www.redcop.org.

3 comments:

  1. I see that the website is not working. Any other link where I could learn more about this organ donor card? I've been wanting to get one since forever. Thank you.

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  2. Hi Dandalicious... it seems that redcop.org was shut down already but you can visit www.nkti.gov.ph or email them National Kidney Transplant Institute via pro@nkti.gov.ph

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  3. I have such a card since 1998, got it from the lobby of Makati Medical Center. I hope organ donation information be disseminated so that more Filipinos can sign up to be an organ donor. #OrganDonorPHL

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