• 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
    [read the article]


    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

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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