Thursday, December 4, 2014

China to halt use of organs from executed convicts in 2015 (Patients concerned over longer transplant delays)

The use of transplanted organs taken from executed convicts will cease in the Chinese mainland starting next year, with voluntary donations becoming the only source of organs, authorities announced Wednesday.

"Starting from January 1, China will end its reliance on the organs of executed prisoners for transplantation, which means that organ donations will only come from the public and voluntary organ donations will become the only organ donation source," Huang Jiefu, the chairman of the Alliance of Organ Procurement Organizations under the Chinese Hospital Association, announced at a meeting Wednesday in Kunming, Yunnan Province, local media reported. 

"This is a blow to organ trafficking and will better manage organ transplants," Huang said.

"Ending the reliance on organs from death row inmates shows major progress for China's human rights, and shows that human rights enjoy much better protection now as prisoners' rights are being more respected," Liu Changqiu, an Associate Researcher at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.

  • The practice of using organs from executed prisoners has been controversial in China and has been condemned as immoral because of a lack of consent.

He Xiaoshun, a doctor and vice-president of the No. 1 Hospital Affiliated with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, told the Global Times that the move to end the reliance on prisoners as a source of organs will bring a positive impact to society.

"It's necessary to end the practice. China, as a superpower, has been criticized for its use of the death penalty and using organs from executed prisoners for years. Now, China's international image will be improved in terms of human rights," he said.

"Also, when public organ donations become the only source and become more popular, the organ trafficking market will shrink and it will cease to be problem," He noted.

However, there is still a marked reluctance among the public to donate their organs.

According to authorities, since 2010, there were 2,948 public organ donations recorded and a total of 7,822 organs donated until December 2.

"Between 2010 and 2013, there were 1,448 public organ donations, while this year we have recorded 1,500 cases already," Huang said.

There are approximately 300,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant annually, while only about 10,000 organ transplant surgeries are done annually.

The ratio of public organ donations is 0.6 to 100,000 people, which means China has one of the lowest rates of organ transplants in the world, Huang told the meeting.

However, He says he is optimistic public organ donations will be able to fill the gap...................


1 comment:

  1. Πεκίνο: Τέλος στις μεταμοσχεύσεις οργάνων από κρατούμενους που εκτελούνται...

    Η Κίνα, η μοναδική χώρα που εξακολουθεί συστηματικά να αφαιρεί όργανα από εκτελεσμένους κρατουμένους και να τα χρησιμοποιεί σε μεταμοσχεύσεις, σχεδιάζει να βάλει τέλος από τον ερχόμενο μήνα σ' αυτή την αμφιλεγόμενη πρακτική.

    Η κυβέρνηση ανακοίνωσε πέρυσι πως σχεδιάζει να τερματίσει την εν λόγω πρακτική, η οποία προκαλεί επικρίσεις από οργανώσεις για τα δικαιώματα, οι οποίες κατηγορούν τις αρχές ότι αφαιρούν τα όργανα χωρίς τη συναίνεση των κρατουμένων ή των οικογενειών τους, μια κατηγορία που το Πεκίνο αρνείται.

    Η επίσημη εφημερίδα της χώρας, China Daily, αναφέρει πως από την 1η Ιανουαρίου οι μεταμοσχεύσεις ανθρώπινων οργάνων θα βασίζονται σε δημόσιες εθελοντικές δωρεές ή σε δωρεές από εν ζωή συγγενείς.................


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