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Nigerians warned of increased kidney trafficking

Nigerians warnedBuzzNigeria | 18 October 2017
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By Iheoma Hendy

Kidney Trafficking: Federal Goverment Alarmed Over High Rate Of Practice, Expose Hospitals

The health ministry has written to the Nigerian Medical Association to warn all doctors in relevant specialties to create awareness for Nigerians intending to travel to Egypt for medical attention.

The memo by the Director for Hospital services, Dr Wapada I. Balami for the Minister of Health entitled, "41 suspected illegal human kidney traffickers on the trail in Egypt" raises concern about patients possibly seeking treatment abroad and their doctors referring them to any complicit hospital...

'Kidney for sale': Iran has a legal market for the organs, but the system doesn't always work

Kidney for sale - Iran has a legal market for the organsLos Angeles Times | 15 October 2017
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By Shashank Bengali and Ramin Mostaghim

'Kidney for sale': Iran has a legal market for the organs, but the system doesn't always work

The advertisements are scrawled in marker on brick walls and tree trunks, and affixed to telephone utility boxes, sidewalks and a road sign pointing the way to one of Iran’s leading hospitals.

“Kidney for sale,” read the dozens of messages, accompanied by phone numbers and blood types, splashed along a tree-lined street opposite the Hasheminejad Kidney Center in Tehran.

New ads appear almost daily. Behind each is a tale of individual woe — joblessness, debt, a family emergency — in a country beset by economic despair.

Trafficking ring busted in Nowshera, Pakistan

Eight arrested in Nowshera for illegal kidney transplantsThe Express Tribune | 26 September 2017
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By Tribune Correspondent

Eight arrested in Nowshera for illegal kidney transplants

The FIA has arrested eight people, including a surgeon, for being involved in an illegal kidney transplant racket in Nowshera, officials said on Tuesday. “It [kidney transplantation] was being carried out illegally where poor people were offered some money for donating their kidneys,” said Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official Mumtaz...

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...

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