Bonds of Life–the Organ Transplant Law 20 yrs on/ Traveling Overseas in Dire Quest for Donor Can Lead to Pitfalls Back Home

October 30, 2017

(The Yomiuri Shimbun) – The Organ Transplant Law prohibits organ trafficking, and people who travel overseas for transplants are viewed with a harsh eye around the world. All countries face an insufficient number of donors compared to the number of people who need transplants. Criticism is intensifying against transplant tourism, in which people from developed countries travel to mainly developing countries to pay for organ transplants. The Transplantation Society in 2008 adopted the Declaration of Istanbul, which calls for each country to save its own patients. In 2010, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines including similar policies to the declaration.

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