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Foundation plans cornea donation signup event

The International Dhammacakka Foundation is encouraging members to register as cornea donors and plans to hold a group sign-up ceremony in April, its founder said last week.

U Maung Maung said it would be the group’s third cornea donation ceremony.

“We had 1500 donors at the first donation event in Yangon in 2009 and 400 in Mandalay. We have collected 200 donors so far for this year’s event, on April 10, and will announce the place where it will be held later,” he said.

He said cornea donors needed to instruct their families to contact the state “eye bank” within four hours of their death so their corneas could be retrieved for transplant.

He said the group was trying to overcome the widespread reluctance in Myanmar society to donate their organs after death.

“The dead body is surely useless,” he said. “It is better to donate the useable organs and parts of the body to others. But this practice is rare in our country.”

“To encourage people to donate I tell them the story of the Lord Buddha, who donated parts of his own body,” U Maung Maung said.

Donors must be under 70 years old and must not be infected with HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis B or C, encephalitis or suffer from cancer.

The foundation also plans to hold an awards ceremony for the winners of its 2010 essay competition, the theme of which was “Buddhism and Peace”.

The International Dhammacakka Foundation was established in 1996 with the aim of propagating Dhamma and charitable services.

It now has about 1600 members throughout the country.

Potential donors can register by mailing PO Box 191, Yangon Central Post Office or calling 09-512-7330. More information can also be found at www.dhammacakka-idf.org.

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