Anyone over the age of 21 is encouraged to sign up and be part of this noble humanitarian act that saves lives
A hospital in Abu Dhabi has installed the first ‘Hayat’ kiosk where people can scan a QR code to register and register as an organ donor.
Mubadala Health partner Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) has been working with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH-Abu Dhabi) to facilitate ongoing community initiatives in support of the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (Hayat).
Launched by the Ministry of Health last November, the Abu Dhabi Community Campaign aims to encourage community members to register for organ and tissue donation and improve the quality of life of patients with organ failure. CCAD’s “Hayat” booth will help patients and visitors learn about the program and register as organ donors.
Dr Ali Al Obaidli, Chairman of the UAE National Transplant Council, said the program had seen an increase in donations from autopsy donors, which had led to impressive results in heart, lung, liver, pancreas and kidney transplants.
“By partnering with leading medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, we are able to take this initiative a step further and successfully raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and the life-changing opportunities they provide to patients in need of a transplant, ’ said Dr Al Obaidli.
“We encourage anyone over the age of 21 to sign up and be a part of this noble and humanitarian act, as the donor gives the recipient another chance at life, both in life and after death.”
Dr. Jorge Guzman, CCAD CEO, inaugurated the booth and became the first person to register as an organ and tissue donor.
“The importance of organ donation cannot be overemphasized and all of us can play a part in this life-changing opportunity. We are proud to partner with the Ministry of Health to drive the larger vision of the UAE to promote organ donation initiatives,” said Gu Dr. Zeman said.
“Only through collective partnership among healthcare entities can we achieve our goal of saving the life of every patient in need of a transplant and reaffirm the UAE’s status as a premier destination for healthcare,” he noted.
Since the launch of the deceased donation program in the UAE in 2017, CCAD has performed more than 330 life-changing organ transplants in alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center in the United States, one of the most comprehensive transplant programs in the world.
The program has seen 124 deceased donors in the UAE, whose organs have saved the lives of more than 438 patients. CCAD has performed 166 kidney, 136 liver, 12 lung, 12 heart and 10 pancreas transplants through its transplant centers.
Dr Bashir Sankari, Chairman of the CCAD Specialized Institute of Surgery and Head of the Transplant Program, said: “We have a multi-organ transplant program in the UAE that handles heart, single and double lung, liver and pancreas transplants. Since launching the transplant program in 2017, Abu Zabi Cleveland Clinic has achieved numerous milestones, including the first successful heart, lung and liver transplant in the United Arab Emirates, the first combined kidney-pancreas and kidney-liver transplant in the United Arab Emirates.Even after death, a single person has the power to change eight different life processes, and we need to share this information with more people.”
Community members can come to the hospital to register as donors at the booth.