Facebook's blood donation feature is now live in the US

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 14, 2019

Now Facebook is rolling out its blood donation tool in the U.S. today, starting in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

'Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and one donation can potentially save three lives, ' Facebook wrote in a blog post.

As Kate Fry, the chief executive officer at America's Blood Centers, said, it will help individuals "conveniently find and connect with their local blood center to help meet the ongoing need for a diverse pool of blood donors in the USA and share their experiences and the importance of blood donation".

Starting Wednesday, people can sign up to be a blood donor on Facebook by going to Blood Donations in the About section of their profile.

Facebook's blood donation tool will show you nearby blood banks that need donations. More than 35 million people have signed up to be blood donors on Facebook in Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Pakistan where this feature is available.

Ehigie said that only about four people out of 1000 in low-income countries donate blood, therefore calling for the need to meet the national supply.

'However, blood banks in the USA are seeing a decline in blood donors'. About 6.8 million people in the USA donate blood every year.

The blog post doesn't address the location tracking requirement of the new feature.
Hopefully, Blood Donations also works without allowing Facebook to record your location history.

A physician, Dr Tongdiyen Jasper called on Nigerians to use the opportunity to donate blood as no one knew whose life the blood would save. But in India, some public health officials raised concerns that the tool could fuel a black market for blood, according to Business Insider.

Facebook has partnered with several blood banks, the announcement explains, including America's Blood Centers, the American Red Cross, Inova, New York Blood Center, Rock River Valley Blood Center, Stanford Blood Center, Versiti, and Vitalant.

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