China Signs Agreement With Spain and Italy to Help Improve Organ Donation System
China recently signed cooperation agreements with Spain and Italy to further improve a national level human organ distribution system that will ensure the safety of organ donors and its receivers. The agreement was signed during the first China Organ Procurement Organization International Forum that was held in Shenzhen.
China’s agreement with Italy’s National Italian Transplant Center will help China maintain and build its national organ distribution system and at the same time give donors and receivers a safety monitoring system as well. The Italian center will also give trainings on the advanced organ donation practices that are used in Europe. China’s five year cooperation with the Spanish Transplant Procurement Management and Donation and Transplantation Institute will give training programs to Chinese medical staff in Shenzhen and at the same time give opportunities for medical workers to get professional training overseas.
China started its national organ distribution and sharing system in April 2011 in hopes to ensure a fair and transparent organ distribution and so far 626 patients received assistance from the system. But there are 300,000 patients in China waiting for organs annually and the center cannot meet the increasing demand. China faces one of the biggest challenge namely the traditional concept of death and morality and the World Health Organization is trying to raise the awareness of organ donation and they believe that the impact of china’s effort will be felt globally.
Establishing an organ distribution and sharing system in China is very important since these measures will ensure a transparent and fair distribution chain encouraging more citizens to donate their organs after death. So far Shenzhen ranks first among Chinese cities in organ donations.