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World Kidney Day – Organ Donation Saves Lives

Organ donation is the donation of biological tissue or an organ of the human body to someone who has a damaged organ that needs to be replaced. An organ transplant can save a person’s life, or significantly improve their health and quality of life.

It is possible to donate organs while you are alive and save a life without risking your own. Living donors can donate a kidney, a portion of their liver, lung or intestine and in some cases tissue. The best match for living donations is from a member of the family. In other instances, once a person has been declared brain dead, the patient’s family can exercise that person’s pre-declared choice to be an organ donor. Deceased donors can donate six types of organs: kidneys, pancreas, liver, lungs, heart and intestines as well as bones, skin, heart valves, veins and corneas. Transplants are the best possible treatment for most people with organ failure and donating your organs after you die can help save and transform lives.
The increasing effectiveness of transplantation means that many more patients can be considered for treatment but there is a serious shortage of donors. For some people this means waiting, sometimes for years, and undergoing difficult and stressful treatment. Many will die before a suitable organ becomes available.

Organ donation in Qatar
The Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba), run by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is a leading regional center of excellence that exemplifies the vision of the Supreme Council of Health by providing the highest standard of safe health care, ethical commitment, research and education. They are leading the national efforts to increase organ donation and are embraced by a wide international collaborative network.

In Qatar, currently kidney and liver transplant surgery is conducted. All donation and transplant surgeries are done under the Doha Donation Accord. This Accord has received endorsement from the International Society for Organ Transplantation, as well as by the Istanbul Declaration Custodian Group—both international leaders in professional and ethical organ donation and transplantation. The aim of the Accord is to protect patients and ensure they receive the safest, most effective and truly ethical care for all.

The Qatar Center for Organ Transplantation is a multi-organ transplant facility staffed by a multinational team of experts at HMC, currently offering kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. The Center’s trained staff coordinate and liaise between patients, families and support institutions to ensure that organ transplantations are arranged in accordance with Qatari law and international best practice standards.

The number of registered names on Qatar’s Organ Donor Registry increases every year as does the number of transplant procedures performed in Qatar. In August 2012, there were 2,000 names on Qatar’s Organ Donor Registry. At the end of 2013, after a year of campaign activities, the registry had over 20,000 names on it and, recently, a surgical team at Hamad General Hospital carried out Qatar’s first successful trans-catheter pulmonary valve transplant, using robotic surgery, on the heart of an 11-year-old Qatari girl.

If you would like to register as a donor or would like more information, please contact the Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) on tel: 4439 8559 / 4439 8557.