Transplant and Trafficking in Nepal: The Ethical Concerns

MSU Bioethics

Bioethics-in-the-News-logoThis post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series. For more information, click here.

By Monir Moniruzzaman, PhD

While organ transplant is highly successful in saving lives, it has created an illegal trade in human organs. The World Health Organization estimates that 10,000 organs are purchased from the black market every year.

Organ Trafficking In Nepal

In Nepal and other countries in South Asia, organ trafficking from living donors is thriving, although the government outlawed the practice in 2007. Several media outlets recently reported that Hokse, a village close to Kathmandu (the capital of Nepal) was known as “Kidney Valley,” where almost everyone has sold a kidney.

In July 2015, The Daily Mailexposed the case of Geeta, a 37 year-old mother living in Hoske, who sold a kidney in return for $2000 (all monetary values are in US dollars). Geeta spent some of her…

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