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China's reforms win international recognition

Reporter: Mao Dan 丨 CCTV.com

08-20-2016 05:08 BJT

China's reforms in organ transplantation have won international recognition and support at a conference of The Transplantation Society in Hong Kong.

At an international platform refuting rumors and skeptics. Chinese experts come to the 26th International Congress of the Transplantation Society with firm testimonies.

"Here I declare, no data are presented we are involved in use of organ from executed prisoners, in accordance with world health organization guiding principles and the ethical statement of The transplantation society," said Professor Zhai Xiaomei president of China Organ Transplant Development Foundation.

Old practices have ended. China is now entering a new era of organ transplantation since it banned organ harvesting from executed prisoners more than a year ago.

"Since January 2015, volunteer organ donation after death of citizens has become the only source," said Professor Chen Jingyu, director of China Lung Transplantation Registry.

The number of voluntary donations has been increasing.

In the first half of 2016, China saw some 1,800 cases of organ donation, up 45 percent compared to the same period last year.

Currently, China's annual average number of organ donation ranks first in Asia and third around the world.

The country continues to step up reforms with the introduction of a transportation green channel for organ donations early this year.

"Building a green channel which means government now knows the meaning of organ transplantation is for people’s life and the government gives its top priority," said Wang Haibo, Depupty Secretary General of China Organ Transplantation Development Foundation.

The World Health Organization has also applauded China’s policy changes.

"I can tell you how impressed I am with the change done so far, the progress and determination, not only from professionals but also from health authorities to build this transplantation reform," said Jose Ramon Nunez Pena from World Health Organization.

China has taken much effort to ensure transparency, fairness and trustworthiness of donor and transplantation process.

And these changes are definitely not going unnoticed by the international health community.

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