Blood donation produces more iron in human body -Institute

Pic courtesy Facebook  Sheryl Sandberg

Pic courtesy Facebook Sheryl Sandberg

The feature is only available in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Baltimore and Washington DC at the moment, but the company promises to roll it out nationwide over the coming months.

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

Every year, 14th June, is observed as World Blood Donor Day.

The social media giant announced on Wednesday that it's bringing a blood donation feature to the USA after successful tests in India, Bangladesh and other countries.

Facebook is bringing the feature to the United States after it said it found success in India, Bangladesh, Brazil and Pakistan, where it was launched in 2017.

Once they complete the sign up process, users will get notifications telling them when a nearby blood donation center is in need of donors. You should still be able to look for blood banks that need donors. Facebook said it'll post information on several of its channels to engage its community and drive awareness about the need for blood donors. Did you know that one in three Australian will need donated blood in their lifetime, but only one in thirty donate?

Here's how Facebook's blood donation feature works: if you're between the ages of 18 and 65, you can sign up to be a blood donor by visiting the About section of your profile and clicking on details about you.

Users will have to opt-in to receive Blood Donations notifications, as you can see in these screenshots. Once you scroll down, there's an option to learn about becoming a blood donor on Facebook, and once you click that you can sign up. But in India, some public health officials raised concerns that the tool could fuel a black market for blood, according to Business Insider. To start, Facebook is working with partners 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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