DECEASED ORGAN DONATION PROGRAM DISCUSSED AT INTERNATIONAL FORUM

Issues concerning the ethical aspects of "deceased organ donation" and related matters were discussed at a two day international conference which held at SIUT under the auspices of CBEC ( Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture ) with joint efforts of WHO (World Health Organization).

SIUT's CEBEC is the only institution in the region which deals with bio-ethical issues. The conference was titled " Ethical Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation with a special emphasis on the Role of Transplant Coordinators as according to medical experts the coordinators are an important component in the whole process and play a vital role in overseeing the different stages of transplantation.

Medical experts said during the sessions that the organs and tissue from a deceased donor is the most viable way to give a new lease of life to those who reach at the end stages of organ failure and hence the importance of such a life saving program needs to be debated, problems needs to be addressed and ethical guidelines should be evolved. Giving a rough estimate the experts felt that over 50,000 patients die every year in the country due to this factor and therefore there is an urgent need to evolve a system to establish a sound and a fool proof infrastructure with trained manpower in order to provide benefits to both donor and recipient.

Those experts who spoke included include Dr Jose Nunez, Adviser Medical Products of Human Origin at WHO Geneva, Dr Valerie Luyckx of the Institute of Bioethics University of Zurich beside other experts from Saudi Arabia, Iran and World Health Organization and host institution SIUT. DR Adib Rizvi Director SIUT and Dr Farhat Moazzam Chairperson of CBEC also spoke.