Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions (COFS)

ECOSOC Status: None
Type: NGO working on Crime
Address: 6203 Leeke Forest Ct, 20817 Bethesda, MD 20817
Country: United States of America
Region: Northern America
Website: http://www.cofs.org
UN Languages: Arabic, Spanish, English
Other languages:
   
Areas:
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Prevention
  • Research
  • Training
  • Victim Protection
  • Legal Assistance

  • Other:'Human Rights, Health'
Short description:
COFS is a non-profit international health and human rights organization committed to combating the trafficking of humans for organs and ending the exploitation of the poor as a source of organ and tissue supplies. COFS combines prevention, policy advocacy, and survivor support through a comprehensive approach to combat organ trafficking.
Our achievements to date have been diverse, reflecting our multi-level work. These include:
- establishing prevention and outreach programs which have assisted 50 CLDs in Egypt and are starting up in various other countries. These numbers will increase significantly with enhanced resources to better enable us to reach CLDs. Outreach services include:
- health services and follow-up assessments related to their organ donation
- health education
- counseling/ peer support
- economic empowerment/ income generation assistance
- referral to legal services
- conducting rapid assessments to identify and establish outreach programs for CLDs in target areas in Egypt, and Nepal, and in the coming months, India and Bangladesh
- participating in the development of deceased donation initiatives in Egypt, India, and Libya
- creating partnerships and projects with health and human rights organizations that were not otherwise familiar with or addressing this issue. These include:
People's Health Movement (PHM)
Egyptian Association for Defending Victims of Medical Malpractice
Association for Health & Environmental Development (AHED)
Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development (AYB-SD)
Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BHCR)
Multiple Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) (India), Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS)
and religious leaders in various countries of the Middle East
- creating strategic groups of medical professionals and NGOs as activist groups to combat organ trafficking that otherwise did not exist in Egypt
- publishing numerous articles about the issue in the medical and social science literature
- building the validity and awareness of this issue via the media
- participating in the formulation of international declarations and guidelines against organ trafficking including the WHO Guiding Principles and the Transplantation Society sponsored Istanbul Declaration.
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