KARACHI: The International Transplantation Society has called for holding an international conference to chalk out a strategy to create an ethical transplantation programme that can be successful at the global level.
Professor Jeremy Chapman, a renal physician visiting from Australia who is also the editor-in-chief of the Transplantation Journal, made this call at a workshop organised on Friday by the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT). The workshop aimed to discuss various issues concerning renal transplantation.
“Organ transplantation is one of the important miracles of the 20th century for improving the lives and health of millions of people,” said Professor Chapman, who is the director of renal medicine at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.
He pointed out that great sacrifices and clinical advances of dedicated health professionals and countless acts of generosity have established a shining example of human solidarity.
The visiting Australian expert, however, regretted that these accomplishments have been tarnished by numerous reports of trafficking of human beings who are used as sources of organs and of tourist patients from rich countries who travel to purchase organs from poor people.
Discussing various aspects of the illicit trade, Chapman said poverty and inequitable economic resources in many parts of the world are the main causes of this growing menace.
Unfortunately, Pakistan is one of the countries with a strong breeding ground for commercialisation of organ trade and unethical activities of transplantation, he said.
Earlier, SIUT Director Professor Adibul Hasan Rizvi welcomed the guest speakers, who included Dr Badar Mian from the United States, Deborah Kannage, Dr Jan Swin and Dr Germaine Wong.