China's Blood Supply Not Being Monitored Properly for HIV, Needs International Assistance, Report Says
September 7, 2007
China's blood supply still is not being monitored properly for HIV despite the Ministry of Health's efforts to monitor the country's blood collection centers, according to a report released Thursday by New York-based Asia Catalyst, Reuters reports (Blanchard, Reuters, 9/6).
Sara Davis, director of Asia Catalyst and co-author of the report, said, "The demand for blood and blood products is growing in China, and supply is short," adding, "This creates an economic incentive for hospitals to rely on illegal, untested blood donations, and that fuels the spread" of HIV (Reuters, 9/6). Davis said that the system established by the Chinese government to ensure the safety of its national blood supply is inadequate. She added, "China is not alone. ... Most developed countries have dealt with similar AIDS blood scandals, and they should step forward to offer assistance to China" (Asia Catalyst release, 9/6).
According to the report, the Chinese government should establish a compensation fund for people who acquired HIV through blood transfusions and order courts to accept all lawsuits from such individuals. "Hemophiliacs and other patients infected with HIV through blood and blood products provided by hospitals have suffered physical and emotional pain and suffering caused directly by those hospitals and clinics," the reports says, adding, "They are entitled to reparations for these violations of their rights" (Reuters, 9/6).
The report is available online (.pdf).
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