Qatar Honors Organ Donors in Realization of the Doha Donation Accord

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The Joint Committee of the Doha Donation Accord (17th Nov. 2009). From left to right: Dr. Yousif Almoslamani, Dr. Hanan Al Kuwairi,
Prof. Jeremy Chapman, HE the Minister of Health, Dr. Francis Delmonico, Dr. Riadh Fadhil, Dr. Hassan Almaliki

Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Vice-Chair of the Supreme Council of Health, attended a ceremony held under her auspices, on Saturday, September 4, 2010 in the Supreme Council of Health, to honor 25 Qataris and resident expatriates, who had been living organ donors, and their families in a first-of-its-kind initiative in Doha, Qatar.

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Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned
The ceremony included a speech by Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, President of the International Association of Muslim Scholars who provided a compelling Islamic testimony in favor of organ donation and the acceptance of brain death as the true death. He encouraged Muslims to support organ deceased donation.

His Excellency the Minister of Health, Abdulla Bin Khalid Al Qahtani in his speech said that Hamad Medical Corporation over the last two years has worked hard to promote organ donation and to develop organ transplantation through a staged strategic plan. Part of this plan has been to work closely with The Transplantation Society to fulfill the recommendations of Declaration of Istanbul with the relevant Qatari Regulations and National Norms that have become known as the Doha Donation Accord. At this ceremony honoring organ donors, the Minister of Health announced the approval of the Doha Donation Accord by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and the launching of the National Organ Donation Campaign.

Dr. Hanan Al Kuwairi, the Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), announced the development of a National Donor Registry in Qatar and the commitment of HMC to recruit expert staff for the Qatari Organ Donation and Transplantation Center that will open in December 2010.

Dr. Francis Delmonico, Director of Medical Affairs of The Transplantation Society attended the ceremony. “I am here to represent The Transplantation Society and the international transplant community to commend Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, HE the Minister of Health and all the Hamad Medical Corporation Team in making these initiatives a reality and to show our support for the very admirable steps taken by Qatar with her Highness’ emphasis on supporting organ donation to be voluntary and unpaid.”

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