Organ trafficking: information and infographics

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Organ trafficking: information and infographics


Medicine is getting better so we now live longer. Also, there is more type-2 diabetes and heart disease. So there are more and more people waiting for organs. In any year, less than 10% of people waiting for a new organ will get one.

kidney-transplant-numbers-320.jpg The numbers of kidney transplants

life-span-donor-180.jpg Kidneys from living people last longer than kidneys from people who have died

Also, there are not so many organs from young, healthy people – these are the best people to donate organs when they die. This is because seat belts in cars save so many lives. And because medical care makes people live longer when they have illnesses, there are not so many organs that can be used after people die.

global-demand-140.jpg The numbers of organs, and kidneys transplanted in the world. But the world needs a lot more

donor-countries-220.jpg The countries that get more organs from people who have died

But the WHO (World Health Organisation) believes it is possible for each country to be self-sufficient by getting organs from people who die. Hospitals need to get as many working organs as possible from people who die. In the future, we could get more organs from advances in stem cell research and the creation of workable artificial organs and xenotransplantation (transplanting cells or organs from other animal species to humans).

kidney-seller-remuneration-220.jpg How much money the people get who sell their organs

map-590.jpg The countries people go to and from to get organs


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