Facebook is adding more countries to its blood donations feature to help fight shortages caused by shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A major side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic is the dangerous shortage of blood donations across the world. People forced to shelter-in-place causes difficulties for hospitals and other medical facilities to collect donations.
After rolling out its blood donations feature in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Pakistan, and the U.S., Facebook is now making the feature available to more countries, including Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa
Facebook explained in a Newsroom post that the feature helps people know where there are shortages and where they can safely donate.
Facebook is also partnering with AABB in the U.S. to connect people with hospital blood banks, and it is working with partners in Brazil and India on similar initiatives.
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