• EgyptToday 16 AugEgypt Today | 16 August, 2017
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    By Egypt Today Staff

    Details of investigation into organ trafficking ring

    In investigation records with the International Human Trafficking Network allegedly obtained, it was revealed that the financial need of the ‘donors’ was exploited and their kidneys transferred to paying foreign recipients. Video evidence and recordings reportedly show the involvement of three hospitals in the trafficking ring: Dar Al-Shefa, Al-Amal Hospital and Al-Nada center for addiction treatment, which is not authorized to perform these operations. Video footage of the surgeries themselves was also allegedly found...

  • Baghdad Post 10 AugThe Baghdad Post | 10 August, 2017
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    18 foreign women arrested in Baghdad over organ trafficking

    Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday that 18 foreign women were arrested in Baghdad on charges of organ trafficking. A force of the 54th Brigade in the army in cooperation with Organized Crime Directorate succeeded to arrest the gang in al-Yarmouk district. The trafficking of kidneys and other organs is a phenomenon in Baghdad, Insiders said, noting that gangs offering up to $10,000 (£7,000) for a kidney.

  • Ohram OnlineAhram Online | 20 August, 2017
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    By Ahram Online Staff

    Egyptian health ministry denies reports of widespread organ trafficking in Egypt

    Egypt's Ministry of Health denied on Sunday that Egypt is a hot spot for illegal organ trafficking as portrayed in a short German investigative documentary about organ trafficking in the country, MENA news agency reported. According to the health ministry, the short documentary was recorded outside the ministry's hospitals and did not prove that there is "ongoing trade" inside Egyptian hospitals...

  • Tribune 05 AugThe Express Tribune | 05 August, 2017
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    By Tribune Correspondent

    Australian expert calls for adoption of ethical transplant practices in Pakistan

    The International Transplantation Society has called for holding an international conference to chalk out a strategy to create an ethical transplantation programme that can be successful at the global level. Professor Jeremy Chapman, a renal physician visiting from Australia who is also the editor-in-chief of the Transplantation Journal, made this call at a workshop organised on Friday by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). The workshop aimed to discuss various issues concerning renal transplantation...

  • Eygpt law changeEgypt Today | 24 June, 2017
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    By Egypt Today Staff

    Gross penalties for human organ trafficking in new law

    The recently amended law on human organ transplant includes severe penalties for human organ trafficking and for violating the rules and provisions on organ transplant and transfer. The House of Representatives approved a proposed law submitted by the government to amend some provisions of Law No. 5 of 2010 on organ transplant on 12 June, 2017...

  • Bangladesh More family MembersThe Daily Star | 18 June, 2017
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    By The Daily Star Staff Correspondent

    More family members can donate organs says draft law on transplant

    The cabinet approved a draft law expanding the list of relatives who could donate organs to a person. The draft also mentions stricter rules to check organ trafficking and trade. Once the law is enforced, grandparents, grandchildren, and first cousins would be able to donate organs. The existing law allows only parents, spouses, children, siblings and blood-related aunts and uncles to donate...

  • Inquiry-into-Human-Organ-Trafficking-and-Organ-Transplant-TourismThe Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Parliament
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    Help Australia take action against organ trafficking

    The Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into international human organ trafficking. The inquiry will examine how the Australian legal system deters organ trafficking and what more can be done to prevent this offence from occurring both in Australia and internationally.

    Contribute to parliamentary inquiry by making a submission and encourage others to do so. Follow link to contribute...

  • EgyptToday 16 AugEgypt Today | 16 August, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Egypt Today Staff

    Details of investigation into organ trafficking ring

    In investigation records with the International Human Trafficking Network allegedly obtained, it was revealed that the financial need of the ‘donors’ was exploited and their kidneys transferred to paying foreign recipients. Video evidence and recordings reportedly show the involvement of three hospitals in the trafficking ring: Dar Al-Shefa, Al-Amal Hospital and Al-Nada center for addiction treatment, which is not authorized to perform these operations. Video footage of the surgeries themselves was also allegedly found...

  • Baghdad Post 10 AugThe Baghdad Post | 10 August, 2017
    [read the article]


    18 foreign women arrested in Baghdad over organ trafficking

    Baghdad Operations Command announced on Thursday that 18 foreign women were arrested in Baghdad on charges of organ trafficking. A force of the 54th Brigade in the army in cooperation with Organized Crime Directorate succeeded to arrest the gang in al-Yarmouk district. The trafficking of kidneys and other organs is a phenomenon in Baghdad, Insiders said, noting that gangs offering up to $10,000 (£7,000) for a kidney.

  • Ohram OnlineAhram Online | 20 August, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Ahram Online Staff

    Egyptian health ministry denies reports of widespread organ trafficking in Egypt

    Egypt's Ministry of Health denied on Sunday that Egypt is a hot spot for illegal organ trafficking as portrayed in a short German investigative documentary about organ trafficking in the country, MENA news agency reported. According to the health ministry, the short documentary was recorded outside the ministry's hospitals and did not prove that there is "ongoing trade" inside Egyptian hospitals...

  • Tribune 05 AugThe Express Tribune | 05 August, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Tribune Correspondent

    Australian expert calls for adoption of ethical transplant practices in Pakistan

    The International Transplantation Society has called for holding an international conference to chalk out a strategy to create an ethical transplantation programme that can be successful at the global level. Professor Jeremy Chapman, a renal physician visiting from Australia who is also the editor-in-chief of the Transplantation Journal, made this call at a workshop organised on Friday by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). The workshop aimed to discuss various issues concerning renal transplantation...

  • Eygpt law changeEgypt Today | 24 June, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Egypt Today Staff

    Gross penalties for human organ trafficking in new law

    The recently amended law on human organ transplant includes severe penalties for human organ trafficking and for violating the rules and provisions on organ transplant and transfer. The House of Representatives approved a proposed law submitted by the government to amend some provisions of Law No. 5 of 2010 on organ transplant on 12 June, 2017...

  • Bangladesh More family MembersThe Daily Star | 18 June, 2017
    [read the article]


    By The Daily Star Staff Correspondent

    More family members can donate organs says draft law on transplant

    The cabinet approved a draft law expanding the list of relatives who could donate organs to a person. The draft also mentions stricter rules to check organ trafficking and trade. Once the law is enforced, grandparents, grandchildren, and first cousins would be able to donate organs. The existing law allows only parents, spouses, children, siblings and blood-related aunts and uncles to donate...

  • Inquiry-into-Human-Organ-Trafficking-and-Organ-Transplant-TourismThe Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Parliament
    [link to contribute]


     

    Help Australia take action against organ trafficking

    The Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into international human organ trafficking. The inquiry will examine how the Australian legal system deters organ trafficking and what more can be done to prevent this offence from occurring both in Australia and internationally.

    Contribute to parliamentary inquiry by making a submission and encourage others to do so. Follow link to contribute...

  • Media27July2017IISD | 27 June, 2017
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    By Ana Maria Lebada

    Governments, Stakeholders Advise Leveraging SDGs to Combat Human Trafficking

    Multi-stakeholder participants gathered for a one-day informal interactive hearing convened by the UNGA President in preparation for a High-Level Meeting on the Appraisal of 2010’s UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

    Many participants noted that three of the SDGs (5.2, 8.7 and 16.2) address human trafficking, and outlined the need to consider this issue in a multidisciplinary and comprehensive way...

  • News3FirstPost | 27 June, 2017
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    Watch: Wealth and Poverty keep Pakistan's Illegal Organ Trafficking Trade alive

    In Lahore, doctors have been conducting an illegal organ trafficking trade, supported by the unwillingness of the rich and desperation of the poor...

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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