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Facebook to launch 'organ donor status' service in S. Korea

All Headlines 17:27 September 04, 2012

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- Facebook said Tuesday it plans to begin a service this week that allows South Korean users to display their organ donor status.

Facebook and the state-run Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are set to launch the service starting Wednesday, according to officials at the two organizations.

The tool enables users to post their organ donor status as well as share the reasons they decided to become donors, which is expected to encourage their "friends" to join the move.

Since launching the tool in May, Facebook has seen more than 250,000 users officially register as donors. South Korea will be the first Asian country to offer the service that is available in around 10 countries, including Britain and Brazil.

"It's very encouraging that Facebook is launching the service for the first time in Asia. We hope many more will take part in organ donation," said CDC Chief Jun Byung-yool.

As of the end of July, there were around 20,000 patients waiting for organ donations in South Korea. Each year, an average of 910 local patients die while waiting for an organ transplant, according to the CDC.

mil@yna.co.kr
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