KNH has publicly turned down endless requests from Kenyans wanting to sell organs to the country’s largest referral hospital. The hospital management says they have been receiving numerous requests from people who want to trade their kidneys.
The hospital responded to all these queries by saying that the sale of kidneys, and all organs, remains illegal in the country, and one can only donate out of free will. However, in many countries across the globe kidney trade is among the most lucrative clandestine trades, with brokers using social media to find donors.
A research from the World Health Organization(WHO), suggest that South Asia is the leading transplant tourism hub globally, with India being among the kidney top exporters. With an, alarming surge in renal diseases, diabetes and high blood pressure is driving the global demand for kidneys which largely exceeds the legal supply.
This situation, has seen countries like India, Pakistan Nepal Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran becoming the world biggest black market for organs.