Press release: August is National Organ Donation Awareness Month

August is National Organ donation awareness month, take the decision to #makeitknown that you are an organ donor.

Life is the best gift you can give. It’s why TELL helps educate South Africans about organ and tissue donation. Tell (Transplant Education for Living Legacies) was created with heart, for hearts (and other organs).

Two of the three founders are speaking from first-hand experience, having received life-saving lung transplants. This not only gives them a second chance at life, but it places them in the unique position to make a difference in the transplant community. Their experience allows them to identify various barriers to organ transplantation and it is their mission to solve as many of these obstacles as possible.

One of the biggest problems we face in South Africa lies in the process of identifying and referring potential donors. South Africa already has a shortage of organ donors, and the lack of education around the situation is only making matters more difficult. It is also important to note that in South Africa, the donor’s family has the final say in whether or not organs are permitted to be donated.

Tell’s goal is firstly to help educate both potential donors as well as medical healthcare professionals, and break the stigmas and misinformation around organ and tissue donation.

Secondly, they want to encourage anyone who wants to donate their organs to TELL THEIR TRIBE of their wishes to be an organ and tissue donor. Awareness is key, and they firmly believe that the most important part of improving organ donation environment is conversation.

Their mission is to end the waiting list by changing and leading the conversation around organ and tissue donation in South Africa.

WHO?

Anyone!

At the time of death doctors will determine whether or not you are a suitable donor.

There are no religious or age restrictions (the oldest solid organ donor was around 80 years old) and even people with medical conditions can be organ and tissue donors.

WHEN?

Upon brain stem death.

Two independent doctors, not part of the transplant team, perform detailed tests, and have to sign off brain stem death before you can be considered as a potential organ donor. The

Department of Health guideline defines brain stem death as: “the irreversible loss of capacity for

consciousness, combined with irreversible loss of the capacity to breathe”. It is equivalent to the

death of an individual. A person who is brain dead has no chance of recovery, because their body is unable to survive without artificial support.

In South Africa it is possible to be a live donor and donate a kidney or a part of your liver to a person in need, should you be an appropriate match.

HOW?

Tell Your Family!

In South Africa, currently the only legally-binding way in which to donate your organs and tissue at the time of your death is for your next-of-kin to give their consent for your organs and tissue to be donated. This is the case even if you have registered to be an organ and tissue donor or have written your wishes in a will. It is therefore essential to let your family know of your wishes to be an organ and tissue donor.

WHY?

You can save 8 lives!

There are currently thousands of people in South Africa waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

The reality is that there are just too few organ donors to address this need, and consequently, many patients will not receive their organ transplant in time.

The organs that can be donated are as follows: 2 lungs, 2 kidneys, heart, liver (can be split between 2 recipients in some cases), and pancreas. You can also help between 50 and 100 people through the donation of your tissues. For example, your skin can be used to help burn victims and your corneas can be used for cornea transplants to restore a person’s sight. You can also donate bone, heart valves, tendons, ligaments, and veins.

The #makeitknown campaign is a fresh approach towards organ donation awareness, part of the campaign is for participating Tattoo studios to offer the Tell Tattoo (quotation marks) for free. More than 600 people received their Tell tattoo since the start of the campaign.

 Why the quotation marks?

The TELL logo incorporates quotation marks, because the most important part of organ donation is conversation. We want people to show that they’ve started the conversation with family and friends.

 For more information:

Tell is more than happy to answer any questions you still have around organ donation. Please email info@tell.org.za for more info.

 

SA Huweliksweek Internasionaal Verteenwoordig

Suid-Afrika is vanjaar verteenwoordig by die Huweliksweek Internasionale Konferensie wat vanaf 24-26 Mei 2019 in Wene, Oostenryk, plaasgevind het.

Die tema van vanjaar se geleentheid was ‘Celebrating Commitment’.  Liezel van der Merwe, president van SA Huweliksweek, het Suid-Afrika by dié geleentheid verteenwoordig waar 54 afgevaardigdes van 17 verskillende lande teenwoordig was.

“Dit was ‘n wonderlike voorreg om mense van regoor die wêreld te ontmoet wat passievol is oor huwelike en gesinne,” sê Liezel, ook die besturende direkteur en redakteur van INTIEM en Marriage Capsule.

Liezel is gevra om een van die hoofsaaklike voorleggings te behartig waarvan die tema: ‘Hoe SA sosiale media en digitale bemarking gebruik om Huweliksweek te  bevorder, met ‘n fokus op invloed en betrokkenheid van bekendes.’ SA Huweliksweek is ‘n toonaangewer op dié gebied. Die maatskappy agter SA Huweliksweek (Media in Africa),  het suksesvol transformeer vanaf slegs gedrukte na ook digitale media en spesialiseer steeds daarin om boodskappe aan ‘n teikengehoor oor te dra met behulp van digitale interaksie.

“Ek het taktiek en statistiek gedeel van byvoorbeeld hoe die Facebook algoritme die oordrag van ‘n boodskap beperk. Die nuutste aanduiding is dat slegs 6% van ‘n blad se aanhangers ‘n boodskap sal sien. Daarom móét jy weet hoe om jou inhoud te struktureer,” sê Liezel. By die geleentheid is Suid-Afrika ook amptelik aangewys as die land wat voortaan Marriage Week International  se sosiale media sal bestuur.

“Dit was wonderlik om mense van verskillende lande te ontmoet wat opstaan vir sterk huwelike en gesonde gesinne. Die effek van egskeiding is waar – ongeag hóé gewoond ons raak aan die feit dat elke tweede huwelik in die skeihof eindig. Die regte toerusting om in jou huwelik te belê, is belangriker as ooit!” vertel Liezel. “Ons is deel van ‘n globale beweging wat die volgende idee ondersteun: As daar liefde in ‘n huwelik is, sal daar harmonie in ‘n huis wees, tevredenheid in gemeenskappe en voorspoed onder nasies.”

By die konferensie het Harry Benson, Navorsingsdirekteur van Marriage Foundation in die VK, ook statistiek gedeel rakende egskeiding en die effek van saambly op vandag se samelewing. Volgens hom neem egskeidings toe gedurende die vyfde, sesde en sewende jaar van die huwelik, waarna dit stelselmatig afneem. Ná tien jaar het die meeste huwelike ‘n wonderlike struktuur gebou met die potensiaal om te hou en daarom kan die belangrikheid van toewyding in ‘n huwelik nie genoeg beklemtoon word nie, verduidelik Liezel.

Marriage Week International is in 1996 deur Richard en Maria Kane gevestig en is in Geneva geregistreer as ‘n Internasionale Vereniging. Die visie is om die konsep teen 2021 onder 75 nasies van die wêreld te sien groei en ontwikkel. Die inisiatief bring media-groepe, besighede, die regering en geloofsgroepe bymekaar – enigiemand wat omgee vir die huwelik. Duisende plaaslike geleenthede vind jaarliks in restaurante, kroeë, media-lokale en kerke plaas. Huweliksweek vier die diversiteit en lewenskragtigheid van die huwelik as ‘n grondslag vir die gesin.

“Ons is oortuig daarvan dat die huwelik ‘n briljante instelling is wat deur gemeenskappe gevier moet word,” sê Liezel. “Daarom is Huweliksweek ‘n tyd om te sê: ‘Word wakker. Die huwelik is ‘n fantastiese idee.’ En aangesien ‘n gesonde huwelik ‘n vaardigheid is, kom ons leer nuwe vaardighede om ons huwelike van goed na uitsonderlik te neem!”

SA Huweliksweek is in 2013 gevestig en word ondersteun deur die regering, invloedryke persone en vrywilligers regoor Suid-Afrika. Dit word elke jaar vanaf 1-7 September gevier en alle getroude paartjies regoor Suid-Afrika word genooi om hieraan deel te neem.

Volg SA Huweliksweek op sosiale media, registreer gratis en besoek die webtuiste. ‘n Geleentheid vir paartjies om hul troubeloftes te hernu sal vanjaar op 7 September om 10:00 plaasvind by die INTIEM Love Bridge, Magnolia Dell, Pretoria. Kaartjies is beskikbaar by itickets.co.za.

Vir meer inligting oor dié geleentheid of SA Huweliksweek in die algemeen, besoek www.sahuweliksweek.co.za

Vir onderhoude of meer inligting, skakel Geraldine Murray by 0123477530 of geraldine@sahuweliksweek.co.za