• 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 - ...

  • The-Age- -April-9-2017The Age | April 9, 2017
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    By Adam Gartrell

    Health Minister Greg Hunt eyes organ donor subsidies ahead of federal budget

    The Turnbull government has sought to allay fears it will cut taxpayer-subsidised sick leave for living organ donors from the federal budget.

  • The-Express-Tribune- -April-7-2017The Express Tribune | April 7, 2017
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    By Qadeer Tanoli

    FIA empowered to curb human organ trafficking

    Human Organ Tissue Act 2010 placed in FIA Schedule

  • Declaration-Istanbul-DoICustodianGp--Apr-3Declaration of Istanbul | April 3, 2017
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    Out now! DICG Quarterly Newsletter #6

    Welcome to the 6th issue of the DICG Quarterly Newsletter! The newsletter is emailed approximately every three months to the official DICG membership list and representatives of organizations that have endorsed the Declaration, in order to keep you informed of various DICG–related activities and events, as well as opportunities  to contribute to the work of the DICG...

  • 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

  • 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 - ...

  • The-Age- -April-9-2017The Age | April 9, 2017
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    By Adam Gartrell

    Health Minister Greg Hunt eyes organ donor subsidies ahead of federal budget

    The Turnbull government has sought to allay fears it will cut taxpayer-subsidised sick leave for living organ donors from the federal budget.

  • The-Express-Tribune- -April-7-2017The Express Tribune | April 7, 2017
    [read the article]


    By Qadeer Tanoli

    FIA empowered to curb human organ trafficking

    Human Organ Tissue Act 2010 placed in FIA Schedule

  • Declaration-Istanbul-DoICustodianGp--Apr-3Declaration of Istanbul | April 3, 2017
    [read the article]


    Out now! DICG Quarterly Newsletter #6

    Welcome to the 6th issue of the DICG Quarterly Newsletter! The newsletter is emailed approximately every three months to the official DICG membership list and representatives of organizations that have endorsed the Declaration, in order to keep you informed of various DICG–related activities and events, as well as opportunities  to contribute to the work of the DICG...

  • 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
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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。...

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.

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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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