• Profiting from Pakistanʹs poorQantara | 10 October 2018

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    Profiting from Pakistanʹs poor

    Many people in Pakistan regard selling their organs as their only way of escaping poverty. Muhammad Iqbal was one of them. He sold one of his kidneys. Today the father of eight is a broken man.

  • Committee calls on member States not to engage in the Global Kidney Exchange conceptCouncil of Europe | 22 Sept 2018

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    Committee calls on member States not to engage in the ‘Global Kidney Exchange’ concept

    The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe shares the concerns expressed by the European Committee on Organ Transplantation and the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics with regard to the Global Kidney Exchange concept.

    Read the Declaration adopted by the Committee on 17 September 2018 here

  • Illegal Organ Harvesting Is Rampant in Egypt and Refugees Are the Main Target Haaretz | 22 Sept 2018

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    Illegal Organ Harvesting Is Rampant in Egypt, and Refugees Are the Main Target

    Thousands of Egypt's 250,000 African refugees have fallen victim to the illegal organ trade. Haaretz traveled to Cairo and spoke with six survivors. 'A strange man held a rag doused with an anesthetic over my mouth. Six days later, I woke up with a scar'

  • China Vatican expected to form alliance to fight organ trafficking in BandR initiative countries Global Times | 22 Sept 2018
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    China, Vatican expected to form alliance to fight organ trafficking in Belt and Road initiative countries

    China and the Vatican are expected to form an alliance to fight against organ trafficking and introduce China's experience to Belt and Road initiative countries and regions, experts said on Saturday. The Third China International Organ Donation Conference was held in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, on Friday. According to organizers, around 1,400 Chinese and foreign experts attended the event...

  • Faith-based nonprofit triples altruistic kidney donations Israel21c | 16 Sept 2018
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    Faith-based nonprofit triples altruistic kidney donations

    The number of live kidney transplants performed per year in Israel has nearly tripled since 2010. A new research paper co-authored by Prof. Meni Koslowsky, a psychology professor at Ariel and Bar-Ilan universities, claims that the majority of that growth is coming from the Orthodox Jewish population...

  • Pakistan-China v2 The Express Tribune | 20 Aug 2018
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    Zia thought he was going to China to sell his liver, but he didn’t know what was waiting for him

    Thirty-two-year-old Muhammad Ramzan was on the front seat of a private taxi heading to the airport, whereas 20-year-old Zia Ali and 35-year-old Adnan Akhtar were sitting in the back. They were busy having a conversation on how to tackle any questions asked by the FIA, with Ramzan and Akhtar strictly cautioning Ali to stay quiet if arrested, and to not mention a word about a liver transplant...

  • 2016 kidney racket fallout The Hindustan Times | 15 Sept 2018
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    2016 kidney racket fallout: Organ transplants drop by 50% in Pune

    Organ transplants in Pune have dropped by more than 50 per cent in the last three years in Pune, one of the prime reasons being the fallout from the 2016 kidney racket exposed at a top Mumbai hospital, where five doctors were among those arrested...

  • Profiting from Pakistanʹs poorQantara | 10 October 2018

    [read the article]


    Profiting from Pakistanʹs poor

    Many people in Pakistan regard selling their organs as their only way of escaping poverty. Muhammad Iqbal was one of them. He sold one of his kidneys. Today the father of eight is a broken man.

  • Committee calls on member States not to engage in the Global Kidney Exchange conceptCouncil of Europe | 22 Sept 2018

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    Committee calls on member States not to engage in the ‘Global Kidney Exchange’ concept

    The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe shares the concerns expressed by the European Committee on Organ Transplantation and the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics with regard to the Global Kidney Exchange concept.

    Read the Declaration adopted by the Committee on 17 September 2018 here

  • Illegal Organ Harvesting Is Rampant in Egypt and Refugees Are the Main Target Haaretz | 22 Sept 2018

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    Illegal Organ Harvesting Is Rampant in Egypt, and Refugees Are the Main Target

    Thousands of Egypt's 250,000 African refugees have fallen victim to the illegal organ trade. Haaretz traveled to Cairo and spoke with six survivors. 'A strange man held a rag doused with an anesthetic over my mouth. Six days later, I woke up with a scar'

  • China Vatican expected to form alliance to fight organ trafficking in BandR initiative countries Global Times | 22 Sept 2018
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    China, Vatican expected to form alliance to fight organ trafficking in Belt and Road initiative countries

    China and the Vatican are expected to form an alliance to fight against organ trafficking and introduce China's experience to Belt and Road initiative countries and regions, experts said on Saturday. The Third China International Organ Donation Conference was held in Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, on Friday. According to organizers, around 1,400 Chinese and foreign experts attended the event...

  • Faith-based nonprofit triples altruistic kidney donations Israel21c | 16 Sept 2018
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    Faith-based nonprofit triples altruistic kidney donations

    The number of live kidney transplants performed per year in Israel has nearly tripled since 2010. A new research paper co-authored by Prof. Meni Koslowsky, a psychology professor at Ariel and Bar-Ilan universities, claims that the majority of that growth is coming from the Orthodox Jewish population...

  • Pakistan-China v2 The Express Tribune | 20 Aug 2018
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    Zia thought he was going to China to sell his liver, but he didn’t know what was waiting for him

    Thirty-two-year-old Muhammad Ramzan was on the front seat of a private taxi heading to the airport, whereas 20-year-old Zia Ali and 35-year-old Adnan Akhtar were sitting in the back. They were busy having a conversation on how to tackle any questions asked by the FIA, with Ramzan and Akhtar strictly cautioning Ali to stay quiet if arrested, and to not mention a word about a liver transplant...

  • 2016 kidney racket fallout The Hindustan Times | 15 Sept 2018
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    2016 kidney racket fallout: Organ transplants drop by 50% in Pune

    Organ transplants in Pune have dropped by more than 50 per cent in the last three years in Pune, one of the prime reasons being the fallout from the 2016 kidney racket exposed at a top Mumbai hospital, where five doctors were among those arrested...

  • Poor rate in organ donation Malaysia The Star Online | 4 Aug 2018
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    Discussion on poor organ donation rates in Malaysia

    The buying and selling of organs had been proposed by many and is illicitly practised elsewhere by professionals against their country’s regulations. Allowing and encouraging this practice will relegate the acts of altruism, kindness and sacrifice generally associated with organ donation to an act of trading, where the organs are treated as a commodity subject to monetary values and perhaps offered to the highest bidder...

  • Overseas Tx News | 2 Aug 2018
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    Aussies are taking a big risk in their desperation to survive, with higher than expected numbers going overseas for transplants.

    Desperate Australians may be going overseas for illegal organ transplants in greater numbers than first thought. Official statistics show just a handful of people each year go overseas for a kidney transplant but a new survey indicates the real numbers may be a lot higher. To get a more accurate picture, Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) president-elect Toby Coates surveyed members of the transplant community to see how many had dealt with patients who had overseas transplants...

  • GAEBA Media Release
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    Global eyecare community to unveil new ethical agreement for use of eye tissue

    Barcelona Thursday 14th June 2018: Members of the global eyecare and eye bank community unveiled the world’s first global Agreement on the use of donated human tissue for ocular transplantation, research, and future technologies, named the Barcelona Principles: An Agreement on the use of human donated tissue for ocular transplantation, research and future technologies.

     

    Read the Barcelona Agreement [here]

2018 Edition Declaration of Istanbul

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2018 Edition of the Declaration of Istanbul

To download a copy of the 2018 Edition of the DoI, click here for English and here for Spanish.

Transplant professionals welcome update to the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism at international workshop

MADRID, July 1, 2018 – The first new edition of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, a seminal document that has helped to guide ethical practice in organ donation and transplantation around the world, was presented today at an international workshop in Madrid, Spain.

The Declaration was originally published in 2008, following a summit convened by The Transplantation Society (TTS) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in response to growing concerns about international trafficking in human organs. It established definitions of practices such as transplant tourism and organ trafficking, and principles to guide policy makers and health professionals working in organ donation and transplantation. Since 2008, more than 135 professional societies have formally endorsed the Declaration.

The Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group (DICG) is an international group of transplant professionals and scholars that works closely in collaboration with its parent organizations, TTS and the ISN, to encourage and support implementation of the Declaration’s principles around the world. In 2017 the DICG formed an international working group to draft a new edition of the Declaration, updating the definitions and principles in the light of clinical, legal, and social developments in the field throughout the last decade.

In February this year, the DICG launched a public consultation inviting feedback on the draft updated to the Declaration. All DICG members, members of organizations that have endorsed the Declaration, and other interested stakeholders were invited to participate.

More than 250 people from around the world participated in the working group and public consultation; approximately 65 submissions officially represented national or regional organizations. The response from the public consultation was overwhelmingly positive: participants welcomed the renewed commitment to combatting organ trafficking and transplant tourism, the updated and expanded definitions of key terms, and a clearer set of principles to guide policy and practice.

The new edition of the Declaration incorporating feedback from the public consultation was presented today in Madrid, at a DICG workshop celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Declaration, as part of the 27th International Congress of TTS. The new edition will be published on the Declaration of Istanbul website, with translations into several languages coming soon. In the coming weeks, a comprehensive Commentary Paper on the 2018 Edition will also be published. The Commentary Paper will explain the principles in more detail and provide suggestions for their practical application in response to questions and suggestions from participants in the public consultation.

To download a copy of the 2018 Edition click here for English and here for Spanish.

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