2013 - ISODP 2013 Congress

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Mini-Oral 1 on Donation

8.8 - A step forward to reduce organ shortage in Malaysia

Presenter: Farah Salwani, Muda Ismail, Nilai, Malaysia
Authors: Farah Salwani Muda Ismail

A step forward to reduce organ shortage in Malaysia

Farah Salwani Muda Ismail1

1Faculty Syariah and Law, Islamic Science University Malaysia, Nilai, Malaysia

Organ transplantation has always been seen as a miracle in the modern medical world. It is not just the hope that it brings to patients in need of those precious organs, but it indirectly promotes helping hands and brotherhood ties to be extended even across total strangers. Nevertheless, despite the huge benefit and inspiration that it brings, a lot of countries including Malaysia suffer from a severe shortage of these donated organs. Supply of organs like kidneys, livers, hearts and many more are scarce, though the demand for it is endlessly shooting high.This problem has been going on for quite some time and needs to be addressed urgently in an effective manner.Therefore, this paper will thoroughly highlight this issue and discuss immediate steps that should be taken by Malaysia, towards eliminating organ shortage through social and legal strategic planning. Suggestions including fully utilizing fatal road accident victims and introducing a family support system for new organ pledgers, while still maintaining the opting in system will hopefully assist in providing new frontiers in law and its application, to effectively address and solve organ shortage issues in Malaysia.

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