Or­gan Dona­tions

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China pro­cessed 2,950 or­gan dona­tions in the first nine months of this year, up 50 per­cent year on year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures un­veiled by the health author­ity on Oc­to­ber 16.

This ex­ceeds the num­ber un­der­taken in 2015, which stood at 2,766, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said in a state­ment.

At present, the an­nual av­er­age num­ber of or­gan dona­tions in China ranks first in Asia and third around the world, and its an­nual num­ber of or­gan trans­plants ranks sec­ond world­wide.

The gov­ern­ment started to pi­lot changes to the or­gan do­na­tion sys­tem in 2010, and in 2011, the unau­tho­rized trad­ing of or­gans was made il­le­gal through a crim­i­nal law amend­ment. More­over, a new sys­tem for or­gan man­age­ment and dis­tri­bu­tion was launched in 2013 to bet­ter reg­u­late dona­tions.

The in­crease in vol­un­tary dona­tions shows the pub­lic is more con­fi­dent in the dis­tri­bu­tion of do­nated or­gans, said Ye Qifa, a mem­ber of China’s Na­tional Or­gan Do­na­tion and Trans­plan­ta­tion Com­mit­tee.

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