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More effort needed to improve ethical organ donation and ensure equity in access to transplants in India

Why kidney rackets in India flourishHindustan Times | 04 October 2017
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By Sanchita Sharma

Why kidney rackets in India flourish with impunity

The lynchpin of the most unprecedented racket was Amit Kumar (pic), who has no training in medicine or surgery. He has instead shown skill in evading the law, changing names and moving cities several times each time he secured bail after an arrest.

Each year, more than two lakh (100,000) people need new kidneys but only 8,000 get them. The demand-supply mismatch creates a space for organ rackets where fake doctors carry out surgeries and forge documents to show donors and recipients as family...

Everywhere in the world, from Yemen to Egypt these stories on organ trafficking are heartbreakingly familiar

From Yemen to EgyptMiddle East Eye | 30 September 2017
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By MEE contributor

Misery of Yemen's organ donors: 'It is better to starve to death'

Ali was desperate for work. War had engulfed Yemen, he had eight children to support and he couldn't get enough jobs as a labourer to make ends meet. In early 2016 he yet again found himself walking up and down the streets near the Qat market in al-Sonaina, a quiet and poor neighbourhood of the Yemeni capital Sanaa...

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...

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