HMC campaign to encourage organ donation

June 19, 2014 3:02 pm

This Ramadan Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is asking the public to consider giving the gift of life and registering as an organ donor as part of a month long campaign in various locations around Qatar.

The campaign will see booths in shopping malls and other prominent locations around the country, staffed by Qatar Organ Donation Center – Hiba trained staff to promote organ donation. The public will be able to find out more about being a registered organ donor, what it entails and the benefits involved, as well as having their questions about organ transplantation answered. They will be able to register as a donor on the spot and receive their donor card.

An organ transplant can be a life-saving procedure. It can also significantly improve the quality of life for someone with chronic organ failure. These life-saving organs come from deceased donors, who have pledged during their life to give their organs to someone in need. A deceased organ donor can save up to eight lives. It is also possible to donate a kidney or part of the liver while you are alive to your relative.

Dr. Riadh Fadhil, Director of Qatar Organ Donation Center at HMC, said the main objective of the campaign is to increase awareness within the community about organ donation, to increase the number of registered donors and hopefully reduce any concerns or misconceptions that people have regarding the process.

“In Doha we have a team of highly skilled professionals working in organ donation and transplantation,” Dr. Fadhil said.

“We have state of the art facilities and provide a safe and compassionate service, in contrast to the commercial transplantation done abroad that carries high mortality rates and the risk of serious complications.

“Under the Doha Donation Accord we make sure we look after the donors and their families. For living donors we provide health insurance for life, as well as covering any loss of income due to working days missed during the operation and recovery. We also honor our donors for giving this precious gift to someone who badly needed it with a medal during an annual ceremony for this purpose.

“A deceased donor’s family receive the support of our social service department and the government covers all hospital expenses, the transfer of the deceased to their own country, if they are an expatriate, and all funeral expenses if theyare buried in Qatar.

“We need more donors to register in Qatar so nobody has to face losing a loved one while they are waiting for an organ. Achieving self-sufficiency in organ donation as a society cannot be achieved without community solidarity.”

Dr. Fadhil and his team have briefed 400HMC staff members, who will be involved in the upcoming campaign, with the messages that needed to be conveyed to the multi-cultural society. This means they will be able to support members of the public to make a decision about becoming an organ donor and in their native tongue, in most cases.

HMC is asking the public to visit one of the organ donation stands and booths that they will see during the evenings of the Holy month of Ramadan, to learn more about organ donation and, for those who are interested,to register as a donor.