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The mission of WHO in transplantation of human cells, tissues and organs is carried out by the Department of Service Delivery and Safety.
This programme works with the Member States to:

  • Increase access of citizens to safe and effective transplantation of cells, tissues and organs.
  • Encourage the donation of human material for transplantation, in particular promoting deceased donor donations.
  • Ensure ethical and technical practices.
  • Ensure effective national oversight, traceability and appropriate surveillance of adverse events.
  • Promote international cooperation to encourage the global harmonization of technical and ethical practices in transplantation. This would include the prevention of the exploitation of the disadvantaged through transplant tourism, and the sale of human material for transplantation;