Nearly 35,000 people have registered to become an organ donor since May, when Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) launched its annual organ donation campaign. The campaign, which kicked off during Ramadan, will run until the end of this year.
Since the Qatar Organ Donor Registry was launched in 2012, around 300,000 donors, or 15% of the country’s adult population, have signed up to become an organ donor. Dr Riadh Fadhil, Director of the HMC Qatar Organ Donation Centre (Hiba), said that during the Holy Month of Ramadan, representatives from Hiba manned information booths in at least 14 locations across the country.
The success of the organ donation campaign meant that Qatar’s Organ Donor Registry is now close to crossing the 300,000 mark. The people of Qatar, both citizens and residents, continue to show their support for Qatar’s unique, world-class, and equitable donor registry.’
An organ donor registry is a national, confidential list of individuals who have agreed to donate their organs after their death. It can be quickly accessed in the event of a death to see whether an individual has registered their willingness to be an organ donor. Qatar has a single waiting list for organ transplantation with unbiased access to transplant services, irrespective of nationality. This feature is distinct to Qatar and differentiates the programme from that of neighbouring countries.
According to Dr Fadhil, the list literally saves the lives of people waiting for a viable organ. He said that they aim to have 350,000 registered donors by the end of this year. Hiba will continue to have information booths across Qatar to reach the number.
Members of the public will be able to visit these information booths to find out how to become a registered organ donor, including the process of registration and its benefits. They can also have their questions about organ transplantation answered and can register as a donor and receive a 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. A deceased organ donor can save up to eight lives. It is also possible to donate a kidney or part of the liver while alive. Currently, Qatar offers kidney and liver transplantation programmes.
For more information about organ donation in Qatar and how to register as an organ donor, visit hamad.qa.