Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Qatar organized a campaign on the first 10 days of Ramadan and nearly 4,400 individuals registered as organ donors.
HMC expressed gratitude to those who had already registered to "give the gift of life" and requested any other members of the public who had not yet registered to consider doing so.
AdvertisementStaff members from the Qatar Organ Donation Center (Hiba) are currently stationed in shopping malls and other prominent locations around the country, aiming to educate the public on organ donation and asking them to register as donors.
Hiba Director Dr Riadh Fadhil, who is already a registered donor, said that being a donor is a noble act. He requested everyone to register so that people in Qatar may no longer wait or travel overseas for an organ transplant.
HMC has also planned to launch a social media campaign to promote the act of being a registered donor. Registered donors were asked to post photographs on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, with their donor card, explaining why they are a registered organ donor, with the hashtags #hmc #Iamadonor.
Dr Yousuf al-Maslamani, Medical Director of Hamad General Hospital and director of the Qatar Centre for Organ Transplantation, said, "I have seen the positive impact an organ donation can have on a family - that is why I am a donor. This campaign is very important and will really support the continued development and expansion of the organ donation and transplant program here in Qatar."
HMC has advised the public to visit one of the 12 organ donation booths that will be open throughout Ramadan and Eid to learn more about organ donation.