China’s organ donation rate one of the world’s lowest

By Xu Hailin Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/2 22:23:41

China's organ donation rate remains one of the lowest in the world despite a growing number of donation cases in recent years following the organ transplant reform.

The country reported 2,999 organ donors in the first six months of 2018. Nearly 9,200 organ transplants were performed during that period, up 18 percent, according to China's health authorities.

Although China ranked first in Asia and second worldwide in number of donors in 2017 with 5,146 reported donations, the country's organ donation rate remains one of the world's lowest, Science and Technology Daily reported Thursday

Between 2010 and 2017, the yearly donation rate per million people (pmp) has increased from 0.03 percent to 3.72 percent, said the newspaper. 

By comparison, Spain has reported the highest 46.9 pmp in 2017, according to an report, while the actual number of donors in Spain was 2,183, less than half of China's.

China's low donation rate is a result of its huge population base, and organ shortage is a problem faced by many countries, said Zhu Jiye, director of the Organ Transplantation Center of Peking University.

The growth in the number of organ donations is encouraging in China, and has been increasing annually, Zhu said.

China has also seen an increasing number of volunteer donors. As of July 22, over 493,000 people have registered as a donor, according to data on the website of the China Organ Donation Administrative Center.

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