Dollars-for-organs drive continues

THE Philippines has aligned with advocates for rewarded organ donation, a movement that persists despite WHO opposition.

In May last year, the 63rd World Health Assembly reconfirmed global support for cells, tissues and organs being “donated freely”, and declared that the purchase of organs for transplantation should be banned.

However, the minister of health in the new Philippine Government has expressed his opposition to the ban on foreigners receiving transplants from Filipinos, and declared his intention to allow organ donors to be compensated by a “gratuity package” up to $3000, according to Professor Nikola Biller-Andorno, director of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich.

“How ironic but also sad that proponents of organ markets should choose Manila – where thousands of people bear the scar of having sold a kidney – as the locale for their attempt to undermine the global consensus,