• 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...

Epistemic Communities, Human Rights, and the Global Diffusion of Legislation against the Organ Trade

F. Amahazion


Social Sciences

2016; Epub October 27

Abstract

Over the past several decades, over 100 countries have passed legislation banning commercial organ transplantation. What explains this rapid, global diffusion of laws? Based on qualitative data from in-depth interviews, historical analysis, and secondary sources, this paper explores the role played by the medical epistemic community and human rights in the global spread of laws against the organ trade. In addition to shaping, guiding, and influencing norms and approaches to transplantation, the epistemic community has been instrumental in the development of various resolutions, policy initiatives, recommended practices, statements, legislation, and model laws. Moreover, the epistemic community helped position the organ trade as an issue of societal and global importance, and it persistently encouraged states to undertake actions, such as implementing legislation, to combat the organ trade. Critically, the epistemic community’s efforts against the organ trade incorporated the concepts of human rights, integrity, and dignity, which had diffused globally and become institutionalized in the period after WWII.

Read the complete article courtesy of Social Sciences here.

Providing coverage for the unique life‐long health care needs of living kidney donors within the framework of financial neutrality

J.S. Gill, F. L. Delmonico, S. Klarenbach, A. M. Capron


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2016; Epub November 26

Abstract

Organ donation should neither enrich nor impose financial burdens on donors. We describe the scope of health care required for all living kidney donors that reflects contemporary understanding of long-term donor health outcomes, propose an approach to identify donor health conditions which should be covered within the framework of financial neutrality, and propose strategies to pay for this care. Despite the Affordable Care Act in the United States, donors continue to have inadequate coverage for important health conditions that are either donation related or may compromise post-donation kidney function. Amendment of Medicare regulations is needed to clarify that surveillance and treatment of conditions that may compromise post-donation kidney function following donor nephrectomy will be covered without expense to the donor. In other countries lacking health insurance for all residents, sufficient data exist to allow creation of a compensation fund or donor insurance policies to ensure appropriate care. Providing coverage for donation-related sequelae as well as care to preserve post-donation kidney function ensures protection against the financial burdens of health care encountered by donors throughout their lifetime. Providing coverage for this care should thus be cost-effective even without considering the health care cost savings that occur in living donor transplant recipients.

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New paper highlights difficulties of measuring transplant tourism

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In a new paper in the American Journal of Transplantation, Ambagtsheer et al. (2016) "conclude that the scientific literature does not reflect a large number of patients buying organs." After performing a literature review, they document 6002 transplant tourists internationally, between 1971 and 2013, of whom 1238 reportedly obtained commercial transplants. However, in a letter commenting on the study, Ahn et al. (2016) note that Saudi Arabia alone has reported a total of 6079 patients obtaining kidney transplants abroad between 1998 and 2013. The authors of both papers highlight the difficulties of estimating global activity in commercial transplants and travel for transplantation, and the limits of literature reviews. They also emphasise the valuable roles of national and international registries and of transplant professionals in collecting and reporting data on these phenomena, as the comprehensive data published by the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation illustrates. 

The DICG is currently working with members and collaborating organizations to develop tools and guidelines that will facilitate collection and analysis of data concerning travel for transplantation and organ trafficking, in order to inform strategies to prevent harm and improve equitable access to transplantation worldwide.

Ambagtsheer, F., de Jong, J., Brame, W.M., Weimar, W. 2016. On patients who purchase organ transplants abroad. American Journal of Transplantation, 16: 2800-2815.

Abstract:

The international transplant community portrays organ trade as a growing and serious crime involving large numbers of traveling patients who purchase organs. We present a systematic review about the published number of patients who purchased organs. With this information, we discuss whether the scientific literature reflects a substantial practice of organ purchase. Between 2000 and 2015, 86 studies were published. Seventy-six of these presented patients who traveled and 42 stated that the trans- plants were commercial. Only 11 studies reported that patients paid, and eight described to what or whom patients paid. In total, during a period of 42 years, 6002 patients have been reported to travel for transplantation. Of these, only 1238 were reported to have paid for their transplants. An additional unknown number of patients paid for their transplants in their native countries. We conclude that the scientific literature does not reflect a large number of patients buying organs. Organ purchases were more often assumed than determined. A reporting code for transplant professionals to report organ trafficking networks is a potential strategy to collect and quantify cases. 

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