• 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

Guatemala - a pediatric transplant program

Development of pediatric transplantation in Guatemala

Excavating the Organ Trade: An Empirical Study of Organ Trading Networks in Cairo, Egypt

S. Columb


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2016; Epub August 27

Legislative action in response to the organ trade has centred on the prohibition of organ sales and the enforcement of criminal sanctions targeting ‘trafficking’ offences. This paper argues that the existing law enforcement response is not only inadequate but harmful. The analysis is based on empirical data gathered in Cairo, Egypt, among members of the Sudanese population who have either sold or arranged for the sale of kidneys. The data suggest that prohibition has pushed the organ trade further underground increasing the role of organ brokers and reducing the bargaining position of organ sellers, leaving them exposed to greater levels of exploitation.

Read the complete article freely here.

Better buy than die?

Scroll IndiaScroll.in | August 3, 2016

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By Sanjay Nagral

Back in 2004, in an editorial for the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics on a kidney transplant racket, I began by saying, "In our scandal-prone Indian public life, one scandal distinguishes itself by the amazing regularity with which it hits the headlines every few years. The only variation is its shift from one city to another as if in planned rotation. Thanks to the desperation, ingenuity and collusion of the players involved, the Indian kidney bazaar, as it was crudely described at some stage in its history, refuses to die down."

I ended the piece by offering a rather polemical solution: "The battle against this practice must be fought at two levels. The first is in the realm of the law and monitoring agencies. The second is an ideological battle against what is essentially a violation of human rights and a form of social exploitation of the worst kind. Otherwise, we will suffer the same cycle of rackets being exposed periodically."

That statement, though not meant to be a prediction, has unfortunately turned out to be true. The latest act in this sordid saga is the one currently playing out in a Mumbai hospital. While the Human Organ Transplant Act of 1994 partly succeeded in curbing the then blatant kidney bazaar that thrived in the 70s and 80s, periodic exposés since then show that it continues in a more discreet fashion...

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