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Legislation, law enforcement key to resolve organ trafficking: top Chinese medical expert
February 09,2017   By:Xinhua
VATICAN, Feb. 9, 2017 -- The key to resolve the issue of organ trafficking is legislation and law enforcement, a top Chinese medical expert said Tuesday.
 
"We believe the key for resolving this issue is legislation and law enforcement," said Dr. Huang Jiefu, chairman of China National Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee, addressing a summit in Vatican on combating organ trafficking.
 
The 2017 Pontifical Academy Summit aims to develop an alliance of individuals committed to combating organ trafficking and transplant tourism, and engaging health authorities to achieve a prohibition of organ trafficking as "a form of human slavery."
 
Experts gathered here on Tuesday to discuss the situation of organ trafficking and transplant tourism in a bid to set up further guidelines and ethical rules in curbing illegal activities worldwide.
 
The summit, organized by the World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations, hopes to lay the groundwork for moral and appropriate solutions based on human dignity, freedom, justice and peace.
 
During the summit, Huang presented China's program from 2010 to 2016 which prohibits the use of organs from executed prisoners.
 
Huang said the total number of deceased donor liver and kidney transplants during the six years were 27,600 and the Chinese health ministry has submitted the detailed statistics to the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) for public release.
 
Since Jan. 1, 2015, death penalty prisoner's organs have not been allowed to be used under any circumstances, and community-based Chinese citizen organ donation has become the only legitimate source of transplant organs in China, Huang said.
 
Huang, former vice health minister, described the transition of organ source from executed prisoners to the voluntary community-based organ donation as "an arduous journey full of joys and sorrows."
 
In 2007, China issued regulations on voluntary organ donation and banned organ trading.
 
According to the National Health and Family Planning Commission, China processed 4,080 organ donations in 2016, up nearly 50 percent from a year ago.
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