Waiting for Organs
October 27, 2017
According to 2013 statistics from the National Health and Family Planning Commission, roughly 300,000 Chinese people are on the waiting list for organ donations annually, but only 10,000 can receive a transplant. China banned the use of organs from executed prisoners in 2015, making voluntary donation the only legitimate source. Alongside an improvement in the country's donation system, the number of organ donors has been on the rise. In 2016, 4,080 people donated their organs, up from 34 in 2010. In addition, nearly 300,000 people have expressed a wish to donate their organs. To date, roughly 10,000 people have donated over 28,000 vital organs in China at a time when family members must give permission for organ donations. There is still a lot of work to do to enhance public awareness, and it is also urgent to overcome the shortfall in doctors and adopt a more professional approach to organ donation in line with international practice.