Health Minister honours organ donors

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The Minister of Public Health, H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, during the honouring ceremony.

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation has honoured sixty organ and tissue donors for their selfless act of organ donation – which saved the lives of 70 recipients in the last year.

During the annual honouring ceremony, which was attended by H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, the Medal of Altruism was presented to 36 living kidney donors, 15 stem cell donors, and the families of nine deceased donors. 

“Organ donation saves lives and the success of Qatar’s organ donation and transplantation programmes is something which we can be extremely proud of. We have a single, unified waiting list and have led the way in terms of setting a high standard of care and support for donors and their families. Qatar’s national strategy for organ donation and transplantation is not only world-leading in terms of the clinical and ethical standards it applies, but it is also one that is appropriate to the healthcare needs of our growing and diverse population,” said Dr Al Kuwari.

Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation Director Dr  Yousuf Al Maslamani said the success of HMC’s organ transplant program has led to a decrease in the number of patients who are traveling abroad for commercial transplantation by around 85% percent. Dr Riadh Fadhil, Director, Qatar Organ Donation Center, said his organization has worked tirelessly with the Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation to implement the tenets of the Doha Donation Accord, which is marking its tenth anniversary this year.

“HMC’s full commitment to the Doha Donation Accord has seen the number of registered donors increase significantly over the last six years from 2,000 to more than 400,000 today,” said Dr Fadhil.

 

The annual honouring ceremony coincided with the third Annual Meeting of the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation and the second gathering of the ROOTS Alliance (Reaching Out for Organ Transplant Self Sufficiency). 

Source: www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

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