30 April, 2018

Collaboration between DTI Foundation and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to implement a deceased organ donation program

The collaboration between DTI Foundation and the UAE started in 2015, initially with an educational program aiming to improve the knowledge and skills of the health care professionals involved in the organ donation program. A total of 250 physicians and nurses, mainly from the high potential hospitals, have been trained as Transplant Procurement Managers (TPMs).

A second phase of the cooperation program started in 2017 adding another layer of support to the program. A team of DTI international experts have been visiting UAE hospitals. During the hospital visits, interviews with healthcare professionals have been conducted, different educational initiatives have taken place and an alert system for donor identification have been outlined.  Further recommendations for the establishment of in-hospitals organ procurement units have been developed.

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The first visit took place in July 2017, since then six brain death patients have become organ donors resulting in 19 organs being recovered. The cardiac, liver and lung transplant programs have commenced and an organ sharing system between UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been implemented.

In April 2018 the third visit materialized including a meeting with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) CEO Dr.  Mohamed Rashed Al Qubaisi who offered his complete support to the deceased organ donation program.

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The main goal for this visit was the development of quality control tools based on the Organ Donation European Quality System (ODEQUS) model. Also, a meeting for the implementation of an integrated kidney waiting list took place in SEHA Dialysis Services.

Further TPM courses and expert visits have been scheduled for 2018 to continue with the cooperation plan aiming to achieve complete implementation of the deceased organ donation program.