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Need a kidney? Inside the world’s biggest organ market

Need a kidney? Inside the world’s biggest organ market | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report explores the illicit kidney trade in South Asia which has now exploded as brokers use social media to find donors.

 

In this detailed article it becomes evident to the reader that the information has been obtained by interviewing anonymous individuals who are currently involved in the trading of kidneys. It is very clear how the organ trading is now being facilitated and where it may currently be occurring.

 

Brokers are using social media platforms to assist in sourcing the potential live donors for recipients who are prepared to pay in order to receive a kidney.

 

This activity appears to involve individuals (and professionals) who are currently based both in India and Sri Lanka.

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Kidneys for sale: Iran’s trade in organs

Kidneys for sale: Iran’s trade in organs | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell a kidney. Donors get money from the buyer and from the state, a system which eradicated waiting lists but, detractors say, now exploits the poor and vulnerable. Here, we follow one terrible story.

 

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This article exposes the harsh reality of a poor family selling virtually everything they have in order to 'buy' a live donor kidney for their son. This story does not have a happy ending.

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Kidneys for Sale - Israel & Organ Trafficking

Kidneys for Sale - Israel & Organ Trafficking | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

When investigators from the New York Times looked into an illegal organ trading operation based in Costa Rica, what they discovered was that all paths led to Israel.


The culprits (brokers),  were among the central operators in Israel's

irrepressible underground kidney market. 

 

Details on who the culprits were, along with what some of the patients also went through can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

 

One of the factors which contributes to patients becoming desperate is the low rates of organ donation in Israel. This is subject to a second article outlining in detail the barriers to organ donation in Israel-

 

http://sco.lt/54wOyP

 

In addition an interview with Kevin Sack of the New York Times can be viewed via the following link-

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8fhMe6cuHU

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

Detailed story on the kidney transplant racket involving Israeli patients travelling to Costa Rica

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How best to encourage organ donation: Research brief - Journalist's Resource

How best to encourage organ donation: Research brief - Journalist's Resource | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

From the Journalist's Resource web site of the Harvard Kennedy School, Sorenstein Centre on Media, Politics and Public Policy comes this article titled: How best to encourage organ donation.

 

The Research brief Journalist's Resource Physicians have taken up this cause as well, along with recent editorials in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology and Medscape. It is apparent that even if the potential of the deceased donor organ donation pool was fully realized within the United States, that there would still be a gap in the numbers of people  awaiting kidney transplantation and the number of available donor organs.

 

Hence the additional importance of live kidney donation and why this particular article contains the conclusion that other measures now need to be adopted within the United States.

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Interesting article out of the United States

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Transplant Network Reaches Milestone of 500,000 Deceased Donor Organ Transplants

Transplant Network Reaches Milestone of 500,000 Deceased Donor Organ Transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As of May 19, 2015, the national transplant allocation system developed by United Network for Organ Sharing has coordinated 500,000 organ transplants from deceased donors in the United States since its beginning in October 1987.

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A significant mile stone was reached this last week by the United Network of Organ Sharing in the United States

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Report that Cambodia is now a target for organ trafficking

Report that Cambodia is now a target for organ trafficking | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via the Japan times the story of a young man who was lured from Cambodia to Thailand in order to sell one of his kidneys.

 

The man is left with a seven-inch scar which runs diagonally across the left flank of his torso, a glaring reminder of an operation he hoped would save his family from debt but instead plunged him into despair.

 

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Yet another account of organ trafficking

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Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys

Nepal's Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via the CNN Freedom Project. In Nepal, organ traffickers are duping villagers into having operations and taking their kidneys.

 

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Deborah Verran's insight:

Yet another example of 'needy' individuals being paid (not a lot of money) to donate one of their kidneys with brokers involved in the transactions. Of most concern is how some of the donors are being coerced into actually going ahead.

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'Mini-kidney' structures generated from human stem cells for first time

'Mini-kidney' structures generated from human stem cells for first time | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Diseases affecting the kidneys represent a major and unsolved health issue worldwide. The kidneys rarely recover function once they are damaged by disease, highlighting the urgent need for better knowledge of kidney development and physiology.

 

Hence the impetus to "grow" or assemble kidneys in the laboratory. This report is of research performed at the Salk institute which has involved the use and manipulation of pulripotent stem cells  to from small 'kidney buds' under laboratory conditions.

Deborah Verran's insight:

This represents the preliminary stages of research which will ultimately need to translate into viable organs that have both adequate and sustained function to ensure successful transplantation into humans. Also important quality and safety issues will need to be met

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