The Doha International Forum for Organ Donation organised by the Qatar Organ Donation Center at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) concluded on 23 October with the launch of the world’s first international academy on the important issue of organ donation.

The Doha International Academy for Organ Donation will become a hub for resources and training materials necessary to assist other countries to establish their own programs.

The upcoming facility is launched under the umbrella of HMC and will utilise the expertise of distinguished international faculty to promote education and research in organ donation in Qatar and internationally.

The launch saw a distinguished group of six international leaders in organ donation and transplantation pledge their support for the Academy and further support HMC’s goal to achieve self-sufficiency in organ donation.

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The panel included renowned scientists and researchers from the United States (US), Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and Europe who met with senior leadership at HMC and discussed operational strategies and policies that will underpin the work of the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation.

HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health said Qatar’s organ donation program, with a unified national waiting list, had become a model for other countries to emulate.

Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and Director of the Organ Transplant Center said the Academy will bolster Qatar’s current organ donation and transplantation programs and support plans for its expansion.

Professor Gabriel Danovitch from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) said that Qatar’s commitment to a fair system of organ donation as reflected in the Doha Model is an example to the region and to the world and is a justifiable source of national pride.

In this country, you can be a donor as well as a recipient. That is a principle for this model that I think is very important for the region. We are here to support that principle and the leadership of the country as they continue with their commitment to this principle.’