A national coordinating centre for viscera transplant will be established following a recent decision made by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The centre, whose headquarters is located in Hanoi , will operate under the Health Ministry and will coordinate donations and transplant of human tissues and organs between tissue banks and health care establishments in the country.

Vietnam sees a high demand for tissue and organ transplant with about 5.000 to 6.000 people in need of kidney transplant and another 23.000 cases waiting for lever transplants.

In Hanoi , more than 1,500 are waiting for liver transplants while hundreds of others for cardiac transplants.

At present, Vietnamese doctors are able to perform kidney, liver, stem cell and cornea transplantation./.