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Deceased-donor kidney transplantation in Iran: trends, barriers and opportunities

Behzad Einollahi, Mohammad-Hossein Nourbala, Saeid Bahaeloo -Horeh, Shervin Assari, Mahboob Lessan-Pezeshki, Naser Simforoosh

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2007.026


Abstract

Having enjoyed considerable success in kidney transplantation in recent years, Iran has been named the most active country in the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation region in providing equitable, quick, and intermediary-free access to affordable kidney transplantation for everyone regardless of gender and economic circumstances. We are, however, of the opinion that the Iranian model can benefit further from improving deceased-donor kidney transplantation, especially after a fatwa (Islamic edict) in the early 1980s lifted many religious and legal barriers.

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