• 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

    [read the article]


    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
    [read the article]


    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
    [read the article]


    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]

Organ Transplant Law: Assessing compatibility with the right to health

India law report

The Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy has published a report on their assessment of the Organ Transplant Law’s compatibility with the Right to Health in India. Though the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 regulates organ transplants and bans the commercial trade in organs and tissues, instances of kidney rackets and illegal trade is still being reported. The comprehensive report assesses the functioning of the Act and set recommendations to legislative and policy change. Recommendations includes the harmonisation of the definition of 'brain death' across different laws and amending the Act to ensure that victims of human trafficking are not treated as offenders.

The report can be downloaded here.

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