The Parliament of Uganda has today in its sitting passed the Human Organ Donation and Transplant bill.
This bill intends to establish a legal framework for the regulation of organ, cell, and tissue donation and transplantation in Uganda.
“The house has considered and passed the Uganda Human Organ Donation and Transplant Bill, 2022. The Bill intends to establish a legal framework for the regulation of organ, cell, and tissue donation and transplantation in Uganda.”
This law will also “protect the dignity and identity of every person and guarantee, without discrimination, respect for his/her integrity & other rights & fundamental freedoms with regard to the donation and transplantation of organs, tissues, & cells of human origin.”
The Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng also took to her Twitter page to reveal that this is a huge milestone for the health Sector.
Uganda has not been having a law to address such an area. It also comes at a time when there is a high rise in the illicit trade in trafficking human organs, cells and tissue.
Further, this bill which has been passed seeks to establish a Uganda Organ and Transplant Council.
This will oversee and regulate organ, cell and tissue donation and transplantation in the country.
The bill also gazettes Mulago National Referrral Hospital as the founding trasplant centre.
According to the Parliamentary website, the bill will also “prescribe the criteria to be followed in an organ transplant, establishes standards for storage for harvested organs, and establishes an organ and tissue database and reporting requirements among others.”
Furthermore, this bill will also design penalties and offenses related to issues of organ transplant and donation.