• 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

  • YouTube- -8-May-2017YouTube | 8 May, 2017
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    Kidney trade racket exposed in Pakistan

     

  • The-Express-Tribune- -8-May-2017The Express Tribune | 8 May, 2017
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    Illegal organ transplants: Govt orders campaign against ‘heinous’ practice

    CM assures those involved in the crime will be given exemplary punishment.

     

  • Pakistan-Today- -6-May-2017Pakistan Today | 6 May, 2017
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    By Rana Haider

    Illegal organ trafficking thrives in the province

    The police, despite claiming to have eliminated organ transplant from the province, were unaware of various incidents of organ trafficking that has been taking place in the province for the last seven years. In the stated time, transplant surgeries were carried out on over 214 patients, 15 of whom expired during the procedure.

     

  • BBC-News- -5-May-2017BBC News | 5 May, 2017
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    Undercover video of human organ traders

    The World Health Organisation says that more than 10,000 human organs are being sold illegally every year.

  • Egypt-Independent- -4-May-2017Egypt Independent | 4 May, 2017
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    By Ola Noureldin

    Parliament committee approves harsher penalties in Organ Transplant Law

    The Parliament’s Legislative Committee approved on Wednesday amendments to Egypt’s Organ Transplant Law which stipulate drafting harsher penalties into the law regulating organ transplantation in Egypt.

  • 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
    [read the article]


    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

  • YouTube- -8-May-2017YouTube | 8 May, 2017
    [watch the video]


    Kidney trade racket exposed in Pakistan

     

  • The-Express-Tribune- -8-May-2017The Express Tribune | 8 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    Illegal organ transplants: Govt orders campaign against ‘heinous’ practice

    CM assures those involved in the crime will be given exemplary punishment.

     

  • Pakistan-Today- -6-May-2017Pakistan Today | 6 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Rana Haider

    Illegal organ trafficking thrives in the province

    The police, despite claiming to have eliminated organ transplant from the province, were unaware of various incidents of organ trafficking that has been taking place in the province for the last seven years. In the stated time, transplant surgeries were carried out on over 214 patients, 15 of whom expired during the procedure.

     

  • BBC-News- -5-May-2017BBC News | 5 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    Undercover video of human organ traders

    The World Health Organisation says that more than 10,000 human organs are being sold illegally every year.

  • Egypt-Independent- -4-May-2017Egypt Independent | 4 May, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Ola Noureldin

    Parliament committee approves harsher penalties in Organ Transplant Law

    The Parliament’s Legislative Committee approved on Wednesday amendments to Egypt’s Organ Transplant Law which stipulate drafting harsher penalties into the law regulating organ transplantation in Egypt.

  • Dunya-News- -2-May-2017Dunya News | 2 May, 2017
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    214 people fell victim to organ trafficking in seven years in Punjab: report

    Initial report into the matter has been forwarded to the interior ministry, said FIA spokesman.

  • Pakistan-Today- -30-April-2017Pakistan Today | 30 April, 2017
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    Organ trafficking ring busted in Lahore

    LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday busted an illegal organ trade gang in Lahore.It was the first-ever case under the Human Organ Transp...

  • BBC-News- -25-April-2017BBC News | 25 April, 2017
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    By Alex Forsyth

    Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees

    Abu Jaafar's job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money.

  • IOL-NEWS- -April-10-2017IOL NEWS | April 10, 2017
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    By Nabeelah Shaikh

    WATCH: Shock tactics highlight lucrative organ trade

    The makers of 'Bypass' stunned the public when a woman was seen handing out pamphlets advertising human organs for sale - ...

Obtaining consensus regarding international transplantation continues to be difficult for pediatric centers in the United States

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2016; Epub 31st July

Lorts A, Ryan TD, Matheny Antommaria, AH, Lake M, & Bucuvalas J. 

Abstract:

Organ transplant is life-saving and any given organ may be valuable to a multitude of potential recipients. An allocation system must be used to reconcile the difference between supply and demand, and this system must take into account the impact that accepting international patients may have on the local system. The principles for allocation must be clear, equitable, provide utility and must be monitored so as to maintain public trust. The impact of the system on metrics deemed to be critical must be measured. Finally, strategies must take into account the local culture, size of the region to be supported, the number and experience of transplant centers, and the resources of the healthcare delivery system. Our focus is on the United States, recognizing that strategies and challenges may vary across countries.

Click here to read the complete article courtesy of Pediatric Transplantation.

Statement of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group Regarding Payments to Families of Deceased Organ Donors.

 

Transplantation Journal

AM Capron, FL Delmonico, B Domínguez-Gil, D Martin, GM Danovitch, and JR Chapman

2016; Epub June 28

Abstract:

Governmental and private programs that pay next of kin who give permission for the removal of their deceased relative's organs for transplantation exist in a number of countries. Such payments, which may be given to the relatives or paid directly for funeral expenses or hospital bills unrelated to being a donor, aim to increase the rate of donation. The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group-in alignment with the World Health Organization Guiding Principles and the Council of Europe Convention Against Trafficking in Human Organs-has adopted a new policy statement opposing such practices.

Payment programs are unwise because they produce a lower rate of donations than in countries with voluntary, unpaid programs; associate deceased donation with being poor and marginal in society; undermine public trust in the determination of death; and raise doubts about fair allocation of organs. Most important, allowing families to receive money for donation from a deceased person, who is at no risk of harm, will make it impossible to sustain prohibitions on paying living donors, who are at risk.

Payment programs are also unethical. Tying coverage for funeral expenses or healthcare costs to a family allowing organs to be procured is exploitative, not "charitable." Using payment to overcome reluctance to donate based on cultural or religious beliefs especially offends principles of liberty and dignity. Finally, while it is appropriate to make donation "financially neutral"-by reimbursing the added medical costs of evaluating and maintaining a patient as a potential donor-such reimbursement may never be conditioned on a family agreeing to donate.

To read and download this open access article, please click here.

 

Trade in kidneys is ethically intolerable

D.E. Martin


Indian Journal Medical Ethics

2016; Epub May 9

Abstract: In India, as in most countries where trade in human organs is legally prohibited, policies governing transplantation from living donors are designed to identify and exclude prospective donors who have a commercial interest in donation. The effective implementation of such policies requires resources, training and motivation on the part of health professionals responsible for organ procurement and transplantation. If professionals are unconvinced by or unfamiliar with the ethical justi cation of the relevant laws and policies, they may fail to perform a robust evaluation of prospective donors and transplant candidates, and to act on suspicions or evidence of illicit activities. I comment here on a recent paper by Aggarwal and Adhikary (2016), in which the authors imply that tolerance of illicit commercialism in living kidney donation programmes is not unreasonable, given the insuf ciency of kidneys available for transplantation. I argue that such tolerance is unethical not only because of the harmful consequences of kidney traf cking, but because professional tolerance of commercialism undermines public trust in organ procurement programmes and impairs the development of sustainable donation and transplant systems.

Read the complete paper here, courtesy of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.

Read the paper by Aggarwal and Adhikary here, courtesy of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics.

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