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Khalifa issues decree on organ transplant

The Gulf TodayThe Gulf Today | September 4, 2016

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ABU DHABI: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Decree by Law No. (5) for 2016 concerning regulation of human organs and tissues transplantation. The decree has been published in the recent issue of the Federal Official Gazette issued on Sunday.

The decree’s provisions shall be applied on transplantation operations of organs and tissue performed within the country, including the free zones. While transfusion and transplantation of stem cells, blood cells and bone marrow are excepted.

It aims to regulate and develop transplantation and preservation operations of human organs and tissues. It further seeks to ban trafficking in human organs and tissues, as well as protection of rights of persons who receive or give human organs and tissues. The decree also ensures regulation of the donation of human organs and tissues, in addition to preventing exploitation of the patient's or the donator’s needs...


Gang of human organ traffickers arrested in Cairo

Daily News EgyptDaily News Egypt | August 20, 2016

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Police arrested on Saturday six people on charges of forming a gang specialised in trading human organs.

A force from Cairo’s security directorate arrested a husband and wife as well as four other associates who ran the criminal ring in southern Cairo’s Basateen neighbourhood  persuading people to sell their organs for money through an unlicensed medical centre, according to a statement from the Ministry of Interior.

The husband’s apartment was the operation headquarters of the ring where they gathered victims and provide medical care for them before and after surgeries.

The suspects were arrested along with two donors.


Better buy than die?

Scroll IndiaScroll.in | August 3, 2016

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By Sanjay Nagral

Back in 2004, in an editorial for the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics on a kidney transplant racket, I began by saying, "In our scandal-prone Indian public life, one scandal distinguishes itself by the amazing regularity with which it hits the headlines every few years. The only variation is its shift from one city to another as if in planned rotation. Thanks to the desperation, ingenuity and collusion of the players involved, the Indian kidney bazaar, as it was crudely described at some stage in its history, refuses to die down."

I ended the piece by offering a rather polemical solution: "The battle against this practice must be fought at two levels. The first is in the realm of the law and monitoring agencies. The second is an ideological battle against what is essentially a violation of human rights and a form of social exploitation of the worst kind. Otherwise, we will suffer the same cycle of rackets being exposed periodically."

That statement, though not meant to be a prediction, has unfortunately turned out to be true. The latest act in this sordid saga is the one currently playing out in a Mumbai hospital. While the Human Organ Transplant Act of 1994 partly succeeded in curbing the then blatant kidney bazaar that thrived in the 70s and 80s, periodic exposés since then show that it continues in a more discreet fashion...

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