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Transplantation is the transfer (engraftment) of human cells, tissues or organs from a donor to a recipient with the aim of restoring function(s) in the body. When transplantation is performed between different species, e.g. animal to human, it is named xenotransplantation.

Challenges in the Western Pacific Region:

  • Demand is far greater than supply;
  • Risk of exploitation of economically weaker sections, especially in poorly regulated national systems;
  • Legal frameworks available in only a few countries.