On Tuesday (Oct 25), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a new Toolkit on the Investigation and Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons for Organ Removal, designed to encourage the proactive investigation of possible cases or red flag indicators. The toolkit focuses on organized criminal networks and the illicit financial flows stemming from them.
“For too long, trafficking for the removal of body organs has remained in the dark. Very few investigations exist, and even fewer prosecutions take place. The new UNODC toolkit will help train criminal justice professionals to identify victims and bring traffickers to justice,” said Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, at the launch via video message.
TTS was invited by the Mexican Society of Transplantation to participate in a round table that focused on “The role of transplantation societies to increase access to organ transplantation». at their recent congress which was held in Acapulco from Sept 28 - Oct 1, 2022.
Marcelo Cantarovich, our Immediate Past-President, represented TTS at the congress and participated in the round-table along with Mara Medeiros (President of the Mexican Society of Transplantation), Maria Amalia Matamoros (President of STALYC, Latin-American and Caribbean Society of Transplantation), and Juan Carlos Caicedo (Chair of the ASTS International Relations Committee).
The highlights of the round table included:
The 32nd Annual Conference of The Indian Society of Organ Transplantation was held from 12th - 16th October 2022 in Nagpur attracted more than 1200 participants this year. In-person, The Transplantation Society was represented by Marcelo Cantarovich (Immediate TTS Past-President), Dorry Segev (TTS Councillor) and Vivek Kute (TTS Councillor and ISOT Secretary). In addition, there were virtual presentations by Mehmet Haberal (TTS Past-President), Stefan Tulius (TTS Vice-President) and John Fung (TTS President-Elect).
The program included presentations related to general topics in solid organ transplantation, COVID-19 and subjects related to increasing deceased donation, including donation after circulatory declaration of death. Of particular interest there was an one day session organized by Health authorities including The Directorate General of Health Services, National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India and The World Health Organization with the aim to increase access to ethical and affordable Transplantation. TTS is very supportive of the efforts towards increasing deceased donation in India.
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