Paid Donation: A Global View

Nasrollah Ghahramani, S. Adibul Hasan Rizvi, Benita Padilla

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Paying for kidney or other organ donation has lead to heated debates about donor and recipient welfare. Many have argued that paying for donation leads to coercion and exploitation of the poor, and, in the end, produces more harm than good. Others have said that payment helps the poor, and we should all have sovereignty over our bodies and, thus, should be allowed to donate for remuneration. Although World Health Organizations and governments in many countries have now banned the process of paying for donation, there is still ongoing payment legally and illegally. Thus, this timely set of three articles from Iran, Pakistan, and the Philippines, where paid donation has been extensively performed, will allow the reader to decide for themselves whether the benefits and/or harms of this practice are now clear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-268
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Chronic Kidney Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nephrology


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