China to end prisoner organ transplants
China will stop using executed prisoners as sources of organ transplants as of Jan 1, a former Health Ministry official said.
All organs needed in transplants will come solely from voluntary donations from citizens, Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of Health said at a seminar by China’s Organ Procurement Organization held in Kunming.
Because of insufficient donations, executed prisoners became the main source of organs. “Every year, around 300,000 patients need organ transplants but only 10,000 surgeries are performed,” said Huang at the seminar.
Chinese are much less willing to donate their organs after death compared to other countries.
In China, about 65 percent of transplanted organs are from the deceased, with executed prisoners the source of more than 90 percent of them, Huang said.