- The rate for organ donation per million of population in 2014 was 1.2 and in 2015 it almost doubled to 2.1.
- Till recently thousands of people were being killed for transplant tourism.
- Most prosecuted have been people who belonged to the Falun Gong practitioners.
- In 1984 a law was passed that made it legal to remove organs from executed criminals
- In 2015 this law was changed and voluntary deceased donation was possible
introduced the concept of deceased donation and voluntary donation in the year
2010. The number of organ donors in the country reached 2,766 in
2015 leading to more than 10,000 surgeries of various organs like kidneys. Liver,
heart, lungs and other organs.
has officially stopped the use of organs from executed prisoners for transplant
surgery since 1st
Jan 2015 and allowed voluntary donations from citizens
besides the live donations.
‘Organ donation in China reaches a record high at 2.1 per million donations recorded in 2015.’
rate for organ donation
per million of population in 2014 was
1.2 and in 2015 it almost doubled to 2.1.
Jiefu, former vice-minister of health and currently the chairman of the
National Organ Donation and
Committee, said, "Organ transplantation in China
has made a successful transformation in the past year." He also added,"It has won recognition
by the world."
that the organs came from voluntary donors he said,"Last year the success
rate of transplant surgery in China was also the highest, as organs were
donated from citizens rather than retrieved from executed prisoners."
has been known for one of the worst human right violation acts in the field of organ donation by following the practice of taking organs
from executed prisoners or executing prisoners for organs. However, repeated protests by international
transplant community and the media brought pressure on the government to change
its stand, and a
few years ago,
China agreed to ban the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners. Most prosecuted
have been people who belonged to the Falun Gong practitioners, a minority
spiritual group in China. The group claims that the Chinese government is
torturing them and harvesting their organs, and they want to know why no one is
1984 a law was passed that made it legal to remove organs from executed
criminals with the prior consent of the criminal or permission of relatives. A few medical groups and human rights activists have raised
concerns over the growing ethical abuses from forced consent and corruption.
A recent documentary that was made by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) claims that
China collects organs from live and dead prisoners and sold to wealthy "transplant tourists" from all over the
world. Protests by the
Falun Gong group during international transplant conferences has been a common
sight. They move their hands in Tai-Chi
style, handing out flyers, protesting against the gruesome torture they
endured. One of the signs read, "Stop
Organ Harvesting in China."
Huang, who is also a member of the National Committee of
the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee, hopes that his proposal
to make kidney transplant
surgery to be
covered by China's basic medical insurance system may also help many suffering
patient with kidney failure
. China like India has a
high incidence of diabetes and is likely to face a major rise in kidney disease
in years to come.
transplant is an effective means to treat end-stage kidney diseases
, which usually have high costs, and
such patients' life quality can be greatly increased after surgery. Dr.Matas, a leading nephrologist
from USA, who led the first ever investigation into organ-harvesting in the
year 2006, said that hospitals charged $30,000 for cornea, $62,000 for a kidney
and $120,000 for a liver or heart.
concluded by saying that "China's organ transplantation has become a cause
of social interdependence. As all organs are donated free, all people should
have equal rights to enjoy the transplant services. Nobody should be rejected
just because they are poor."