DHA raises public awareness about kidney disease and transplantation

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced the launch of a broad educational campaign to raise public awareness about kidney disease and increase public understanding of organ donation. The campaign also aims to raise awareness of how organ donation can significantly improve the health of patients with organ failure, and in some cases save their lives.

The campaign was launched on the occasion of World Kidney Day and is conducted in collaboration with various DHA partners, including Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Mediclinic City Hospital and Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital. Each year on March 10, the Authority celebrates World Kidney Day, raising awareness about kidney disease and the latest advances in advanced kidney disease diagnosis and treatment.

The Authority’s campaign aims to provide information to the public about the three medical centers accredited to perform kidney transplants in Dubai, which include: Dubai Hospital, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital and Mediclinic City Hospital.

Equipped with the latest technology for kidney transplantation, the three centers are staffed by highly qualified doctors in nephrology, urology, transplant surgery and kidney transplantation, as well as highly qualified support and nursing staff and technicians. The hospitals’ surgeries are performed in accordance with international best practices and internationally recognized organ transplant protocols, the DHA said.

The goal of the campaign is to encourage people to voluntarily register their decision to donate organs. Patients with kidney failure can receive donor care from a living or deceased donor, and although receiving donor care from a living donor can be a solution, many patients end up on the transplant waiting list because there is no suitable donor among their relatives, the DHA said, noting that the UAE is working to further develop the paired kidney exchange program.

The department said all members of society can contribute to saving lives by registering as organ donors after their deaths, stressing that one organ donor can save up to eight human lives. All organ donation procedures and transplant surgeries in Dubai are regulated by the DHA Organ Transplant Steering Committee.

Members who wish to become organ donors upon their death can register with the Department of Health and Prevention’s National Program for Human Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation “Hayat” at the following link: https://mohap.gov.ae/en/services/social/organ-donation.

The Dubai Health Authority is working with a number of relevant authorities in the country to support the Department of Health and Prevention’s program and improve people’s understanding of the importance of organ donation to save the lives of patients with organ failure.

DHA expressed its appreciation to the Saudi Organ Transplant Center, as well as Dubai Airports, Dubai Ambulance Corporation, Dubai General Authority for Residents and Foreigners, Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, Dubai Public Prosecutor’s Office, Al Jalila Foundation, Dubai Media Incorporated, Dubai Government Media Office and Dubai Department of Islamic Affairs and Charities for their role and commitment in making the broad humanitarian initiative a success.

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