Wait­ing for Or­gans

Oc­to­ber 27, 2017

NewsChina - - MEDIA FOCUS -

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.

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