UAE marks World Organ Donation Day

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The UAE has taken efficient measures to regulate organ transplantation, based on highest quality standards and ethics of medical practice.

That’s according to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), which has joined the world in commemorating World Organ Donation Day.

To mark the occasion, the ministry is highlighting the country’s achievements in regulating the transplantation, preservation, and development of human organs and tissues.

World Organ Donation Day is observed every year on August 13 to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to encourage people to do the same.

In 2020, the UAE established the National Centre to Regulate Organs and Tissues Transplantation.

The centre’s establishment has been a big step forward in strengthening and complementing the National Programme for Organ Transplantation, which gives any UAE resident over the age of 21 the chance to express his/her desire to donate organs after brain death.

The initiative has benefited many patients and given them newfound hope.

Success tools

Dr. Mohammed Salim Al Olama, Undersecretary of MoHAP, stressed that the UAE possesses the necessary resources, tools, and expertise for organ transplantation, including highly qualified medical cadres, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and cutting-edge technological infrastructure, as well as international partnerships with prestigious institutions specialising in organ transplantation.

Al Olama reaffirmed the need to constantly step up national efforts to facilitate and improve the process of transferring and transplanting human organs and tissues as well as providing technologically advanced health services for patients in need of human organ or tissue transplant.

Innovative Steps

Ahmed Ali Al Dashti, Assistant Undersecretary for the Support Services Sector, emphasised that the UAE is making every possible effort to develop and regulate organ transplantation and support the country’s excellence in providing treatment programmes.

“We are committed to strengthening the integration of our health system by adopting progressive and creative initiatives in accordance with the best international quality standards,” Al Dashti said.

He underscored that organ donations offer a wide range of advantages, such as fostering family harmony and community cohesiveness while also promoting the principles of cooperation and solidarity in society.

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