• Jakarta-Globe- -March-23-2017Jakarta Globe | March 23, 2017
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    Nat'l Police Chief Urges Public Not to Believe Social Media Hoaxes

    Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has urged members of the public to remain calm and not be tricked by news stories that the police have identified as "hoaxes."

  • Ahram-Online- -March-17-2017Ahram Online | March 17, 2017
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    By Mahmoud Aziz

    Egypt's State Council approves law to increase penalties for illegal organ transplants

    The Egyptian State Council has finished revising a law regulating organ transplant operations, which will include harsher penalties for illegal or forced operations.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-8-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 8, 2017
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    Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group shared World Kidney Day Official's photo

  • TribLIVE- -March-5-2017TribLIVE | March 5, 2017
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    By LUIS FÁBREGAS

    Thomas Starzl, father of organ transplantation, dies at 90

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, the organ transplant icon who revolutionized medicine by performing the first successful liver transplant and set the standard for the life-saving surgery, died Saturday. He was 90.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-4-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 4, 2017
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    Protect your kidneys, prevent needs for transplants, prevent organtrafficking!

  • The-National- -February-28-2017The National | February 28, 2017
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    By Shireena Al Nowais

    Law will allow for kidney donations from deceased donors in the UAE

    Doctors creating transplant list as they prepare for law to come into force allowing donations from deceased people.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017臓器売買と移植ツーリズムに関する科学アカデミーサミット教皇宣言 | February 25, 2017
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    国際連合と世界保健総会の決議、2015年世界首長バチカンサミット、2014年奴隷制度に対する信仰指導者共同宣言、そして、2016年人身売買と組織犯罪に対する弾劾サミットにおいて臓器摘出を目的とした臓器売買、人身売買は人類に対する真の犯罪であり、全ての宗教、政治、社会のリーダーと国内・国際法によって真の犯罪であると認識されねばならいと宣言したローマ教皇Pope Francisの御意に沿い、我々、臓器売買に関する教皇科学アカデミー(PAS)サミットの署名参加者は、世界中の関係者を巻き込み、あらん限りの努力を惜しまずこれらの犯罪に立ち向かうことを決意した。...

  • Jakarta-Globe- -March-23-2017Jakarta Globe | March 23, 2017
    [read the article]


    Nat'l Police Chief Urges Public Not to Believe Social Media Hoaxes

    Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has urged members of the public to remain calm and not be tricked by news stories that the police have identified as "hoaxes."

  • Ahram-Online- -March-17-2017Ahram Online | March 17, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Mahmoud Aziz

    Egypt's State Council approves law to increase penalties for illegal organ transplants

    The Egyptian State Council has finished revising a law regulating organ transplant operations, which will include harsher penalties for illegal or forced operations.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-8-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 8, 2017
    [read more]


    Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group shared World Kidney Day Official's photo

  • TribLIVE- -March-5-2017TribLIVE | March 5, 2017
    [read the article]


    By LUIS FÁBREGAS

    Thomas Starzl, father of organ transplantation, dies at 90

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, the organ transplant icon who revolutionized medicine by performing the first successful liver transplant and set the standard for the life-saving surgery, died Saturday. He was 90.

  • Declaration-of-Istanbul-Custodian-Group- -March-4-2017Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group | March 4, 2017
    [read more]


    Protect your kidneys, prevent needs for transplants, prevent organtrafficking!

  • The-National- -February-28-2017The National | February 28, 2017
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    By Shireena Al Nowais

    Law will allow for kidney donations from deceased donors in the UAE

    Doctors creating transplant list as they prepare for law to come into force allowing donations from deceased people.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017臓器売買と移植ツーリズムに関する科学アカデミーサミット教皇宣言 | February 25, 2017
    [read the statement]


    国際連合と世界保健総会の決議、2015年世界首長バチカンサミット、2014年奴隷制度に対する信仰指導者共同宣言、そして、2016年人身売買と組織犯罪に対する弾劾サミットにおいて臓器摘出を目的とした臓器売買、人身売買は人類に対する真の犯罪であり、全ての宗教、政治、社会のリーダーと国内・国際法によって真の犯罪であると認識されねばならいと宣言したローマ教皇Pope Francisの御意に沿い、我々、臓器売買に関する教皇科学アカデミー(PAS)サミットの署名参加者は、世界中の関係者を巻き込み、あらん限りの努力を惜しまずこれらの犯罪に立ち向かうことを決意した。...

  • The-Age- -February-8-2017TIMETURK | February 21, 2017
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    By HABER MERKEZİ

    'Suriyeli mülteciler organ mafyasının kıskacında'

    Alman medyası Türkiye’deki zor durumda olan Suriyeli sığınmacıların organlarını sattığı yönünde bir haber yaptı.

  • The-Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences- -February-13-2017教皇科学院打击人体器官买卖和移植旅游全球峰会声明 | February 21, 2017
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    根据联合国大会与世界卫生大会有关决议,秉承2015年世界各大城市市长参加的梵蒂冈峰会,以及2014年各大宗教界领袖反对现代奴役的联合宣言,依照教皇方济各2016年6月在反对人口贩卖和有组织犯罪法官峰会上的陈述:“国际法、各国法律、全球的宗教、政治和社会领袖需要认识到人体器官买卖和以获取器官为目的的人口贩卖是一种反人类的罪行”,参加教皇科学院打击器官买卖和移植旅游全球峰会并签署声明的各国代表集体郑重宣布,我们将联合全世界所有与移植事业有关的责任方共同打击这种反人类的罪行。...

  • The-Daily-Star- -February-19-2017The Daily Star | February 19, 2017
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    By Porimol Palma

    What if Kidneys Fail? Law stands in way of transplantation

    At 23, her life should have been full of colours but instead it is as pale as it could get. This spring has brought her no joy at all.

  • The-Arab-Weekly- -February-18-2017The Arab Weekly | February 18, 2017
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    By Ibrahim Ouf

    Egypt struggles to stem organ trafficking

    Efforts to stem organ traffick­ing may fail because of socio-economic conditions in Egypt.

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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