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Bangladesh's illegal kidney trade booms as donors turn brokers

Dunya NewsDunya News | October 14, 2015
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KALAI, Bangladesh (AFP) - After years of crippling debt, Bangladeshi villager Rawshan Ara decided to follow in her family s footsteps -- and sell a kidney on the black market to raise cash.

Like many of her neighbours in this poor farming area, the 28-year-old easily found a local broker and quickly became a victim of Bangladesh s thriving but illegal organ trade.

The mother-of-one insists her sister and brother-in-law warned her against having the surgery in February, after suffering complications from their own operations two years ago.

"But I was tired of poverty," Ara said in Kalai district, which has become a hotspot for the racket.

"My husband is perennially sick. My daughter s education became costly. I went to Dhaka to be a maid or garment worker. But the wages were abysmal," she said, declining to give the name of her broker.

Police, however, tell a different story. They suspect the relatives talked her into going ahead with the operation -- part of a growing web in Kalai of donors who turn brokers, taking a commission for anyone they successfully recruit.

"This year alone 40 people from Kalai have sold their kidneys," local police chief Sirajul Islam told AFP, and 200 villagers since 2005.

Another 12 villagers are currently missing, suspected to have travelled across the nearby border to India to hospitals to have the operations.

"Those who have sold kidneys have themselves turned brokers and agents and became part of this huge organ trade network," Islam said...

Luxury Red Hotel used to broker kidneys

La Nacion Costa Rica

 La Nacion | Nov 27, 2015

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Red usó lujoso hotel para pactar donación de riñones

POR Carlos Arguedas C.

Un renombrado hotel en el centro de la capital fue utilizado por una red internacional dedicada al trasplante de riñones para reunirse con los donadores y tratar de ocultar los pagos. La agrupación fue desarticulada en junio del 2013.

El procedimiento es descrito en la acusación que la Fiscalía presentó contra cuatro médicos y un comerciante, por lograr, presuntamente, que, entre el 2009 y el 10 de setiembre del 2013, se realizaran en Costa Rica 14 trasplantes de riñón a ciudadanos sirios, israelíes y griegos.

Los donadores eran personas de bajos recursos económicos, residentes en barrios marginales, quienes no recibieron explicaciones sobre “los riesgos o consecuencias para su salud de la intervención a que se les sometió”, afirmó la Fiscalía.

Los implicados en este caso son Francisco José Mora Palma, de 63 años, quien era el jefe de la Sección de Nefrología del Hospital Calderón Guardia y quien es señalado como el líder del grupo. También figuran otros tres médicos de apellidos Monge, Fonseca y Massimiliano, así como un comerciante de apellido Katsigiannis...lea el artículo

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A renowned hotel in the center of the capital was used by an international network dedicated to kidney transplantation to meet with donors and try to hide the payments. The group was disbanded in June 2013.

The procedure is described in the indictment that the prosecution brought against four doctors and a trader, who allegedly performed 14 kidney transplants on Syrians, Israelis and Greeks, between 2009 and September 10, 2013, in Costa Rica.

Donors were people of low income, living in slums, who did not receive explanations about "the risks or health consequences of the surgery they were subjected," said the prosecutor.

Those involved in this case are Francisco José Mora Palma, 63, who was head of the Section of Nephrology at the Hospital Calderon Guardia and who is designated as the group leader. Also featured [in the indictment] are three other doctors named Monge, Fonseca and Massimiliano and a merchant named Katsigiannis...read the article

HMC Celebrates 100,000 registered organ donors in Qatar

Gulf TimesGulf Times | November 24, 2015
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Qatar’s pioneering Organ Donor Registry has marked a major milestone by exceeding 100,000 registered donors, it was announced on Monday.

An education and outreach campaign during Ramadan and throughout the year saw the number of registered organ donors more than double from 43,000 in March to above 100,000 and counting as of Monday...

[Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) managing director] Dr al-Kuwari said that Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programme’s success was built on the strict implementation of the Doha Donation Accord which ensures ethical standards and equitable treatment for donors and recipients.

"There has been a significant drop in the number of patients going abroad for transplantation procedures, which is a great encouragement for us to further enhance our services to achieve our goal of self-sufficiency in terms of organ donation and transplantation,” Dr. al-Kuwari noted...

 

Kidney Transplant 'Tourism' Comes With Risks: Study

Health DayHealthDay News | November 6, 2015

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By Amy Norton

When people languish on a wait-list for a kidney transplant, they may start to consider a desperate measure: Traveling to a country where they can buy a donor kidney on the black market.

But beyond the legal and ethical pitfalls, experts say, the health risks are not worth it.

Most countries ban the practice, sometimes called "transplant tourism," and it has been widely condemned on ethical grounds. Now a new study highlights another issue: People who buy a donor kidney simply do not fare as well.

Researchers in Bahrain found that people who traveled abroad to buy a kidney -- to countries like the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Iran -- sometimes developed serious infections.

Those infections included the liver diseases hepatitis B and C, as well as cytomegalovirus, which can be life-threatening to transplant recipients, the investigators said.

In addition, people who bought donor kidneys also faced higher rates of surgical complications and organ rejection, versus those who received a legal transplant in their home country...

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