Philippines to Set Up Donor Register to Curb Illegal Organ Trade

by VR Sreeraman on  June 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
The Philippines said Friday it is setting up a nationwide organ donor register in a bid to stop the practice of its poor selling their kidneys to make ends meet.
 Philippines to Set Up Donor Register to Curb Illegal Organ Trade
Philippines to Set Up Donor Register to Curb Illegal Organ Trade

Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral said she hoped the project would help provide donor organs for the estimated 9,000 Filipinos who suffer kidney failure every year.

"We seek not only to improve an important service for many patients... but also to assure that the illegal traffic of organs that has victimised many of our countrymen for many years until 2008 will not be repeated," she added.

Over the past decade the Philippines has gained an international reputation as a hub for the illegal traffic in human organs from living donors, with some hospitals catering for wealthy foreign patients requiring kidney transplants.

In some poor communities many of the men carry surgical scars on one side of their torsos, after selling a kidney for as little as 3,000 dollars.

In 2008 the government banned the traffic in human organs involving living donors who are not related to the transplant patients, right after signing two international conventions on organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

Cabral said in a statement that the latest move complements the ban by increasing the number of transplants from dead donors, which she said has proven to be effective in other countries.

"Hopefully, with this programme, the international medical community will once again recognise that our country is indeed serious in curtailing illegal organ donation," she added.

Source: AFP

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this is bullshit matagal na itong nangyayari sa pinas. Sino ba talaga ang kumita ng malaki sa illigal trade na ito....bulok na ito...bakit nakakalusot ito sa airline which carry the items smoothly....not only the doctors .. what about the authorities setting on the bench.. maybe its time to check their life style, bank accounts and properties. who signs the documents.... its' not nice putak ng putak wala namang itlog....
firefly Monday, November 8, 2010

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