Organ donor shortages and static waiting lists are leading patients to take their lives into their own hands, with 10-15% of transplant activity now considered illegal or unethical.
Nobel peace prize nominee Dr Adnan Sharif outlines the harsh realities of organ theft and forced organ harvesting globally, and what we can do to combat these ills across cultures. Dr Adnan Sharif is a Consultant Nephrologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a special interest in renal transplantation.
He qualified at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 2002 and completed his specialist registrar training in Renal Medicine in the West Midlands. He is the Secretary of the non-government organisation Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) which campaigns against illegal and unethical organ procurement around the globe. DAFOH’s decade-long efforts to raise awareness of this issue have been recognised with a nomination for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Dr Sharif also sits on the steering committee of Give a Kidney, a registered charity in the UK that promotes altruistic living kidney donation. In addition he raises awareness of organ donation amongst ethnic minority communities and is a member of the National BAME Transplantation Alliance (NBTA).