Young people have become the main source of China’s organ donations, according to statistics from a platform launched by the China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation, China Daily reported.
Data on the “Love & Hope” platform shows that people born in the 1990s account for more than 53% of registered potential organ donors. Those born in the 1980s account for 30%.
The total number of registered voluntary donors on the platform exceeded a million on Tuesday, according to a press conference the foundation held with the Beijing-based China-Japan Friendship Hospital.
“One million is an exciting figure for the project but still far from enough,” Huang Jiefu, former vice minister of health and current head of the foundation based in Beijing, said.
“In many Western countries, almost 80% of their citizens have registered as volunteers. I hope more Chinese people could also actively support the project,” Huang said.
China had 1,352,576 registered volunteers as of June 15, while 300,000 patients suffering from organ failure in the country are waiting for a suitable donor, the foundation said.
Aside from websites and WeChat, Chinese citizens can also register as volunteers through Alipay. “These are convenient and welcomed by young volunteers,” a publicity official of the foundation said.
The China-Japan Friendship Hospital is the second hospital in Beijing to join the platform. About 20 hospitals across China are already involved.