Qatar promotes organ donation

August 18, 2010
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Qatar’s Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is set to establish an exclusive centre to boost the practice of organ donation in the Qatari society and to ensure the highest quality of transplant services.

The healthcare provider has created an organ transplant task force to accelerate the implementation of a plan to establish the National Organ Donations and Transplant Center. The centre is expected to help introduce liver and pancreas transplant services in addition to developing the well-established renal transplant programme here, HMC 2009-2010 annual report said.

Qatar has a shortage of organ donors, prompting the taking of measures to promote organ donation and honour live and deceased donors and the establishment of the Doha Donation Accord.

The new national centre’s mission is to provide safe, high-quality organ transplant services to all patients in Qatar.

The number of transplants has picked up, with the number of live donors increasing from six cases in 2009 to six cases in the first month of 2010, according to the report, quoted by Qatari daily The Peninsula.

         

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