Organ Trafficking in the Philippines by Alicia Woodworth
Posted by benjamincrookston on April 7, 2008
Health Secretary Francisco Duque signed an order at the beginning of April 2008 to create a government regulatory board to oversee kidney donations and transplants. The order gives priority to Filipino patients over foreigners in the allocation of locally available kidneys. Duque also temporarily banned kidney transplants involving foreigners. This order was initiated in a response to the kidney trading that occurs in the Philippines. This occurrence opened my eyes to the organ trafficking that is occurring throughout the world. I was unaware that situations in the Philippines have allowed for the ban of kidney transplants to foreigners.