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Concerns regarding incentives for organ donation in India

Rewarding families WebsiteScroll.in | 28 September 2017
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By Sanjay Nagral, Vivek Jha & Dominique Martin

Rewarding families of deceased organ donors is an ethical minefield, especially in India

India, with its history of organ trade rackets, should be cautious before proposing incentives that may be on the slippery slope towards organ commerce.

In September, the Central government announced plans to set up a fund for families of people who have donated organs after brain stem death. The fund will support the education of children of deceased donors as well as medical expenses of other family members...

New forms of travel for transplantation raise concerns in Europe

Trafficking in SpainEFE Agency | 26 September 2017
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By Rafael Matesanz

The threat of transplant tourism

The Spanish model promoted by the National Transplant Organization since 1989 has allowed us to maintain global leadership for 25 years, with the greatest chances of receiving a transplant in a service that is public, universal and without discrimination. This position of privilege contrasts brutally with a widespread international situation of scarcity. The numbers are outrageous. The annual demand for transplants is estimated to be between 2-2.5 million patients while the transplant process does not exceed 127,000 operations: only 5-6 percent of those who need a transplant get one. On the other hand, in Spain more than 90 percent of these patients get one in time. These differences shine a spotlight on us for people around the world who aspire to get transplants in our country...

Organ trafficking and DICG leaders on the agenda at Deakin University

Conversations Deakin WebsiteControversial Conversations
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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Deakin University Melbourne Burwood Campus


This Public Forum brings together a range of international and Australian experts in the ethics of donation and transplantation, health policy makers and professionals and community leaders, to share their knowledge and experience regarding some of the most important and controversial issues of interest to the Australian public. An unprecedented opportunity for members of the public, health professionals, students, academics, journalists and policy makers to learn about a range of issues, and to be part of a lively conversation with a variety of stakeholders exchanging perspectives and ideas...

Transparency is essential for recognition of progress in ethical organ donation in China

WP China WebsiteThe Washington Post | 15 September 2017
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By Simon Denyer

China used to harvest organs from prisoners. Under pressure, that practice is finally ending.

China’s organ-transplant system was once a cause of international scorn and outrage, as doctors harvested organs from prisoners condemned to death by criminal courts and transplanted them into patients who often paid dearly for the privilege. After years of denials, China now acknowledges that history and has declared that the practice no longer occurs — largely thanks to the perseverance of a health official who, with the quiet backing of an American transplant surgeon, turned the system around over the span of a decade...

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