UAE: People in the UAE are ready to donate their organs – alive or dead, according to a National Survey on Organ Donation and transplantation.
Sixty eight (68) per cent of the 500 respondents who took part in the survey said that they would donate their organs if needed.
Another 65 per cent said that they would willing give consent to donate the organs of their loved ones if they have been declared brain dead, said Dr Farhad Janhani, a researcher who conducted the study for Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) last year.
The study included both expatriates and Emiratis.
Speaking to Khaleej Times Dr Farhad said that the country was ready to move forward and allow cadaver transplants.
Dr Ali Al Obaidli, Chairman of the UAE National Transplant Committee said the UAE has a strong donation culture.
“The UAE has the potential to occupy a prominent place in the field of organ transplantation since it has improved healthcare services and a strong organ donation culture,” he said.
The forum, held in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), highlighted the latest developments in Organ Transplantation in the GCC and discussed legislations and policies for organ donation, including deceased donation, to drive organ transplantation in the UAE.
“If one day we were to move forward and have the facilities to do cadaver transplant, people would even be able to donate multi-organs such as the kidney, liver and pancreas,” said Dr Janhani.
The current Organ Transplant Law in the UAE allows transplants only from living donors who preferably are close relatives of the patient.
Legislation that allows explants from the dead has been authorised by a ministerial decree but has not been implemented yet.
The current healthcare facilities also only support kidney transplants.
Dr Amer Ahmad Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, Education Sector, DHCC said: “This forum that discusses legislations and exchanges ideas will help us reduce the gap between the demand and supply of human organs for transplantation.”
© Khaleej TimesMay 2016