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One Hundred Heads are Better than Two . . . In the spirit of the modular logo of Open IDEO, I wished to add a community made concept.  There have been many great concepts based on targeted campaigns asking those most likely to be willing to donate.

One Hundred Heads are Better than Two . . . In the spirit of the modular logo of Open IDEO, I wished to add a community made concept. There have been many great concepts based on targeted campaigns asking those most likely to be willing to donate.

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Jordan commented on Bone Marrow Without Borders

Thanks for your comment. First of all, I certainly agree that this should not be a one way street, but the concept is not designed to focus on that. Rather, it's designed to increase awareness and registration of donors in previously untapped populations.
Secondly, aid is very complex. There are certainly arguments for its harming nationalism, but I would be careful about making blanket statements. Moreover, I think this is more of a danger with nation sponsored aid groups as opposed to international aid groups which focus on medical treatment, which have often crossed the divide and are less likely to cause concern and in fact are less likely to try to cheat the nation for their own political gains (the very reason such groups are allowed inside nations when other aid is not).
As for need, the challengers themselves pointed to the need in such nations being the most dire. I think that the need is more known in developed countries, simply because we have better and more diagnoses of cancer and more knowledge that bone marrow transplants would be helpful. I don't think that this points to less need, simply less awareness of the need.
I definitely agree that the infrastructure for bone marrow is not necessarily available to the degree it needs to be in such countries. This is not a reason to not try, rather I see it as a challenge that needs to be addressed in conjunction with this solution to allow it to have actual effect. I'll definitely think on this piece of it and how we could increase such infrastructure in the countries.
As for the "bone marrow vampires," keep in mind that this is not by any means a forced program, but rather completely voluntary. Not only that, but local reputations and relationships, as well as experience in dealing with cultural concerns should allow such groups to have a better shot to avoid such labels. But, I agree this is definitely a concern with any outside aid.
I hope that clarifies the concept a bit and addresses your major concerns. I realize that this idea is not perfect, but when looking to increase bone marrow donation in the context of lesser developed nations, I think we will find it very hard to find such a perfect solution and must settle for what we can. I will continue to think on your concerns and how to modify based on them.

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Jordan commented on Turning Dollar Donors into Marrow Donors

This is exactly the type of thing I was talking about. Great addition of another group willing to give.