Global initiatives to tackle organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

TitleGlobal initiatives to tackle organ trafficking and transplant tourism.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBagheri A, Delmonico FL
JournalMedicine, health care, and philosophy//Med Health Care Philos
Pagination887 - 95
Date Published2013
ISBN Number1572-8633
Other Numbers9815900, drk
Keywords*Medical Tourism, *Organ Trafficking/pc [Prevention & Control], *Organ Transplantation, Humans, International Cooperation, World Health Organization

The increasing gap between organ supply and demand has opened the door for illegal organ sale, trafficking of human organs, tissues and cells, as well as transplant tourism. Currently, underprivileged and vulnerable populations in resource-poor countries are a major source of organs for rich patient-tourists who can afford to purchase organs at home or abroad. This paper presents a summary of international initiatives, such as World Health Organization's Principle Guidelines, The Declaration of Istanbul, Asian Task Force Recommendations, as well as UNESCO's and the United Nation's initiatives against trafficking of human organs, tissues, cells, and transplant tourism. Beyond the summary, it calls for more practical measures to be taken to implement the existing guidelines and recommendations, in order to prevent exploitation of the poor as organ providers. The paper suggests that an international legally binding agreement in criminalizing organ trafficking would be a step forward to bring a change in the global picture of organ trafficking and transplant tourism.

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