Ali­pay lets or­gan donors reg­is­ter on­line

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By HE WEI in Shang­hai hewei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Some 300,000 peo­ple wait for trans­plants of life­sav­ing or­gans each year — or­gans that are in short sup­ply. It is a num­ber that Ali­pay hopes to lower through its vast net­work of 450 mil­lion users in this coun­try.

In part­ner­ship with China Or­gan Trans­plant De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, the mo­bile pay­ment tool is a new way for peo­ple to reg­is­ter as po­ten­tial donors.

Start­ing Thurs­day, Ali­pay users can search “or­gan dona­tion reg­is­tra­tion” on the app’s home page to ac­cess a reg­is­tra­tion form. The sys­tem was de­vel­oped and is man­aged by the foun­da­tion, which is af­fil­i­ated with the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Ali­pay, its real-name reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem makes it pos­si­ble to com­plete the whole process in less than 10 sec­onds.

“It is the tra­di­tional Chi­nese val­ues of rec­i­proc­ity and mu­tual af­fec­tion that bol­ster the char­i­ta­ble cause of or­gan dona­tion. Some­times we just need a proper chan­nel,” said Huang Jiefu, for­mer vice-min­is­ter of health, who heads the foun­da­tion.

“There’s a real emo­tional re­ward for do­ing the right thing. We are ded­i­cated to adopt­ing phil­an­thropic en­deav­ors through lead­ing tech­nolo­gies and open plat­forms,” Ali­pay’s par­ent com­pany, Ant Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Group, said in a state­ment.

A new re­port on or­gan do­na­tions showed that 83 per­cent of re­spon­dents to a sur­vey in China said they were will­ing to be­come a donor, though fewer than 80,000 peo­ple are ac­tu­ally reg­is­tered na­tion­wide. The re­port was re­leased by Ali­pay, the foun­da­tion and Xin­huanet, the web­site of Xinhua News Agency.

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