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The Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations. GBI concentrates on disparities over international lines which often lead to poor health and needless loss of life.

Special screening event of “Tales from the Organ Trade” in partnership with HBO Documentary Films Division, October 28, 2013


Posted on 30 Jul 2014

By Abrigul Lutfalieva
INTERPOL is currently investigating a number of Kenyan organizations that have been tied to human trafficking for the purpose of the use of victims as a living supply of organs. Kenya has the highest rate of human trafficking in East and Central Africa, where alleged corruption – possibly including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary – has necessitated an intervention by INTERPOL to shut down this illegal …

Posted on 29 Jul 2014

By Jake Stern
New York has one of the lowest organ donor rates (as a percentage of the population) in the country, which has raised serious concerns about current enrollment practices. According to a 2012 study by the non-profit Donor Life America, New York ranks in the bottom three states for donor registration with 18% of adults signed up compared with a national average of 42.7%. The same study found Alaska, Montana, …

Posted on 29 Jul 2014

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer
Generally, transplantation is the last line of defense for treating a failing organ. This is not so with kidneys.
“A kidney transplant is not a last resort; it’s a first resort,” said nephrologist and kidney transplantation expert Emilio Poggio, MD. “For people who meet the requirements for kidney transplantation, it’s the best option for treatment.
Unfortunately, as with most other organs and tissues, demand for kidneys exceeds the current supply. …

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