• Egypt-Independent- -14-June-2017Egypt Independent | 14 June, 2017
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    Parliament approves death penalty for human organ traffickers

    Health Minister Ahmed Emad al-Din said on Tuesday that the Parliament has approved the draft law introduced from his ministry that aims to stricken punitive measures against human organ traffickers...

  • The-Malta-Independent-Online- -14-June-2017The Malta Independent Online | 14 June, 2017
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    By Helena Grech

    Malta conference: Confidant of Pope praises ‘Nordic Model’ on prostitution to fight slavery

    The conference focuses on sharing models and best practices to end modern day slavery and restore dignity to its victims. It has been organised by the Amersi Foundation, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City and the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society...

  • amazon.com- -6-June-2017amazon.com | 6 June, 2017
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    By Dr. Gabriel M. Danovitch MD

    Handbook of Kidney Transplantation

    Concise, readable, practical and well-illustrated, the sixth edition of the Handbook of Kidney Transplantation has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current knowledge and practice in the field. Ideal for physicians, surgeons, fellows, and nurses who manage kidney transplant patients, it covers everything from treatment options for end-stage renal disease to transplantation, post-operative management and transplant immunology, focusing on every key aspect of the clinical practice of kidney transplantation.

  • Hindustan-Times- -30-May-2017Hindustan Times | 30 May, 2017
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    By Shiv Sunny

    Kidney racket: All about the scam busted at Delhi’s Batra hospital

    From changing name, getting fake accent and Aadhar card, doctoring photos in family albums, the racketeers worked to a well thought out plan to pass off the kidney seller as a family member

  • PBS-NewsHour- -30-May-2017PBS NewsHour | 30 May, 2017
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    By Ryan Connelly Holmes

    One doctor’s war against global organ trafficking

    Dr. Francis Delmonico, a Harvard Medical School professor, has spent more than a decade leading the fight to establish global ethics principles that govern how human organs are obtained and transplanted.

  • Hindustan-Times- -28-May-2017Hindustan Times | 28 May, 2017
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    By Ananya Bhardwaj

    Kidney racket: Gang flew donors to Sri Lanka for operations

    Police suspect that the syndicate may have got kidney transplants in hospitals in Thailand, Singapore and Dubai as well

  • images/stories/news/press/201705/Khmer-Times-_-26-May-2017Khmer Times | 26 May, 2017
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    Radio caller helps cops bust kidney traffickers

    Phnom Penh authorities on Wednesday arrested a man and a woman for running an illicit kidney trafficking syndicate. Deputy anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau chief Than Phanith said officials were made aware of the pair’s operation after a woman called a local radio station and spoke of the syndicate during a live broadcast.

  • Egypt-Independent- -14-June-2017Egypt Independent | 14 June, 2017
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    Parliament approves death penalty for human organ traffickers

    Health Minister Ahmed Emad al-Din said on Tuesday that the Parliament has approved the draft law introduced from his ministry that aims to stricken punitive measures against human organ traffickers...

  • The-Malta-Independent-Online- -14-June-2017The Malta Independent Online | 14 June, 2017
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    By Helena Grech

    Malta conference: Confidant of Pope praises ‘Nordic Model’ on prostitution to fight slavery

    The conference focuses on sharing models and best practices to end modern day slavery and restore dignity to its victims. It has been organised by the Amersi Foundation, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City and the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society...

  • amazon.com- -6-June-2017amazon.com | 6 June, 2017
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    By Dr. Gabriel M. Danovitch MD

    Handbook of Kidney Transplantation

    Concise, readable, practical and well-illustrated, the sixth edition of the Handbook of Kidney Transplantation has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current knowledge and practice in the field. Ideal for physicians, surgeons, fellows, and nurses who manage kidney transplant patients, it covers everything from treatment options for end-stage renal disease to transplantation, post-operative management and transplant immunology, focusing on every key aspect of the clinical practice of kidney transplantation.

  • Hindustan-Times- -30-May-2017Hindustan Times | 30 May, 2017
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    By Shiv Sunny

    Kidney racket: All about the scam busted at Delhi’s Batra hospital

    From changing name, getting fake accent and Aadhar card, doctoring photos in family albums, the racketeers worked to a well thought out plan to pass off the kidney seller as a family member

  • PBS-NewsHour- -30-May-2017PBS NewsHour | 30 May, 2017
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    By Ryan Connelly Holmes

    One doctor’s war against global organ trafficking

    Dr. Francis Delmonico, a Harvard Medical School professor, has spent more than a decade leading the fight to establish global ethics principles that govern how human organs are obtained and transplanted.

  • Hindustan-Times- -28-May-2017Hindustan Times | 28 May, 2017
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    By Ananya Bhardwaj

    Kidney racket: Gang flew donors to Sri Lanka for operations

    Police suspect that the syndicate may have got kidney transplants in hospitals in Thailand, Singapore and Dubai as well

  • images/stories/news/press/201705/Khmer-Times-_-26-May-2017Khmer Times | 26 May, 2017
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    Radio caller helps cops bust kidney traffickers

    Phnom Penh authorities on Wednesday arrested a man and a woman for running an illicit kidney trafficking syndicate. Deputy anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection bureau chief Than Phanith said officials were made aware of the pair’s operation after a woman called a local radio station and spoke of the syndicate during a live broadcast.

  • The-Phnom-Penh-Post- -26-May-2017The Phnom Penh Post | 26 May, 2017
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    By Kong Meta and Erin Handley

    ‘Organ traffickers’ arrested

    Two people have been arrested in Cambodia for allegedly “trafficking organs” during a year-long operation involving at least 10 victims and frequent trips to India, officials said yesterday.

  • images/stories/news/press/201705/Declaration-of-Istanbul-_-May-21-2017Declaration of Istanbul | May 21, 2017
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    Dear DICG members,
    Dear friends,

    I am proud to inform you that my DICG co-chair, Dr Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, has been appointed General Director of the Spanish National Transplant Organization (ONT), following the retirement of Dr Rafael Matesanz, the renowned father of the Spanish Model and longstanding DICG supporter. Dr Dominguez-Gil will remain on the Executive Board of the DICG, but will step down as co-chair as she assumes her new duties. Following discussions during the recent meetings of the Executive Board and DICG Council held in Mexico in April, I am pleased to announce that Executive Board member Dr Dominique Martin will take up the position of co-chair...

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -14-May-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | 14 May, 2017
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    Tonight we are also celebrating our two newly appointed honorary doctors - Margaret A. Liu and Francis L. Delmonico, who have each made their own significant contributions to the research and education conducted at Karolinska Institutet.

  • Redaccion-Medica- -12-May-2017Redacción Médica | 12 May, 2017
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    Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, nueva directora general de la ONT

    Médico adjunta de la organización, es la persona designada por el Consejo de Ministros para suceder a Rafael Matesanz

Epistemic Communities, Human Rights, and the Global Diffusion of Legislation against the Organ Trade

F. Amahazion


Social Sciences

2016; Epub October 27

Abstract

Over the past several decades, over 100 countries have passed legislation banning commercial organ transplantation. What explains this rapid, global diffusion of laws? Based on qualitative data from in-depth interviews, historical analysis, and secondary sources, this paper explores the role played by the medical epistemic community and human rights in the global spread of laws against the organ trade. In addition to shaping, guiding, and influencing norms and approaches to transplantation, the epistemic community has been instrumental in the development of various resolutions, policy initiatives, recommended practices, statements, legislation, and model laws. Moreover, the epistemic community helped position the organ trade as an issue of societal and global importance, and it persistently encouraged states to undertake actions, such as implementing legislation, to combat the organ trade. Critically, the epistemic community’s efforts against the organ trade incorporated the concepts of human rights, integrity, and dignity, which had diffused globally and become institutionalized in the period after WWII.

Read the complete article courtesy of Social Sciences here.

Providing coverage for the unique life‐long health care needs of living kidney donors within the framework of financial neutrality

J.S. Gill, F. L. Delmonico, S. Klarenbach, A. M. Capron


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2016; Epub November 26

Abstract

Organ donation should neither enrich nor impose financial burdens on donors. We describe the scope of health care required for all living kidney donors that reflects contemporary understanding of long-term donor health outcomes, propose an approach to identify donor health conditions which should be covered within the framework of financial neutrality, and propose strategies to pay for this care. Despite the Affordable Care Act in the United States, donors continue to have inadequate coverage for important health conditions that are either donation related or may compromise post-donation kidney function. Amendment of Medicare regulations is needed to clarify that surveillance and treatment of conditions that may compromise post-donation kidney function following donor nephrectomy will be covered without expense to the donor. In other countries lacking health insurance for all residents, sufficient data exist to allow creation of a compensation fund or donor insurance policies to ensure appropriate care. Providing coverage for donation-related sequelae as well as care to preserve post-donation kidney function ensures protection against the financial burdens of health care encountered by donors throughout their lifetime. Providing coverage for this care should thus be cost-effective even without considering the health care cost savings that occur in living donor transplant recipients.

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New paper highlights difficulties of measuring transplant tourism

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In a new paper in the American Journal of Transplantation, Ambagtsheer et al. (2016) "conclude that the scientific literature does not reflect a large number of patients buying organs." After performing a literature review, they document 6002 transplant tourists internationally, between 1971 and 2013, of whom 1238 reportedly obtained commercial transplants. However, in a letter commenting on the study, Ahn et al. (2016) note that Saudi Arabia alone has reported a total of 6079 patients obtaining kidney transplants abroad between 1998 and 2013. The authors of both papers highlight the difficulties of estimating global activity in commercial transplants and travel for transplantation, and the limits of literature reviews. They also emphasise the valuable roles of national and international registries and of transplant professionals in collecting and reporting data on these phenomena, as the comprehensive data published by the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation illustrates. 

The DICG is currently working with members and collaborating organizations to develop tools and guidelines that will facilitate collection and analysis of data concerning travel for transplantation and organ trafficking, in order to inform strategies to prevent harm and improve equitable access to transplantation worldwide.

Ambagtsheer, F., de Jong, J., Brame, W.M., Weimar, W. 2016. On patients who purchase organ transplants abroad. American Journal of Transplantation, 16: 2800-2815.

Abstract:

The international transplant community portrays organ trade as a growing and serious crime involving large numbers of traveling patients who purchase organs. We present a systematic review about the published number of patients who purchased organs. With this information, we discuss whether the scientific literature reflects a substantial practice of organ purchase. Between 2000 and 2015, 86 studies were published. Seventy-six of these presented patients who traveled and 42 stated that the trans- plants were commercial. Only 11 studies reported that patients paid, and eight described to what or whom patients paid. In total, during a period of 42 years, 6002 patients have been reported to travel for transplantation. Of these, only 1238 were reported to have paid for their transplants. An additional unknown number of patients paid for their transplants in their native countries. We conclude that the scientific literature does not reflect a large number of patients buying organs. Organ purchases were more often assumed than determined. A reporting code for transplant professionals to report organ trafficking networks is a potential strategy to collect and quantify cases. 

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