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Abu Dhabi: Sufferers awaiting kidney transplants within the UAE will now have a greater likelihood at discovering their organ matches following an settlement signed by Abu Dhabi emirate’s public well being supplier, the Abu Dhabi Well being Providers Firm (Seha).
In an announcement, Seha introduced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation (APKD), a non-profit organisation based mostly in the USA that facilitates paired kidney donations.
Paired kidney exchanges, also referred to as kidney swaps, see dwelling kidney donors who’re incompatible with their recipients, often a member of the family, match with one other individual on the waitlist. The award-winning algorithm permits two or extra reside donor transplants to happen by matching donor-recipient pairs or teams.
The strategic settlement between Seha and the AKPD will see the organisations working intently to construct a paired kidney donation programme within the UAE, and to facilitate transplant alternatives for sufferers with kidney failure to make the proper kidney match within the UAE or overseas.
“A basic ingredient of our fixed progress and growth as Seha is constructing fruitful partnerships and relationships with international pioneers. Collaborating with APKD strengthens our place to considerably add to the UAE’s healthcare ecosystem, and can introduce ample alternatives for us to remodel kidney care domestically, regionally and internationally,” stated Dr Tarek Fathey, group chief govt officer at Seha.
As a part of the brand new settlement, Seha Kidney Care (SKC) – a part of the supplier’s community and Abu Dhabi’s go-to centre for kidney illness and therapy – will interact in well being data know-how techniques coaching, together with Kidney Match, APKD’s paired organ alternate software program. SKC can even have an opportunity to develop instructional and scientific analysis papers and research, and see the alternate of medical, technical, and administrative expertise.
“The important thing to the success of paired kidney donations is collaboration, domestically and internationally. Fortunately, within the UAE, we boast a strong basis of healthcare stakeholders and companions who will likely be integral within the construct and roll-out of such a program. Constructing on our assist, we’re happy to formalise a long-term partnership with APKD – by strengthening our relationship, we’re unlocking pathways into nations internationally that may facilitate life-saving options for kidney illness sufferers throughout the globe, in addition to construct and bolster a paired kidney program right here within the UAE that may profit our residents and residents,” stated Dr Ali Al Obaidli, chief medical officer on the SKC, and chairman of the UAE Nationwide Transplant Committee.
Highly effective system
The APKD’s highly effective matching platform is powered by the Nobel prize-winning algorithm of Dr. Alvin Roth. It really works with governments and hospitals around the globe to match dwelling kidney donors with sufferers in want inside and throughout borders.
On a current go to to the UAE, Dr Roth, who advocates leveraging financial theories to search out tangible options to societal issues, stated the UAE will profit from a paired kidney alternate programme.
“Kidney illness is a worldwide drawback that requires a worldwide resolution. The UAE, with its numerous inhabitants and stable healthcare infrastructure, is effectively positioned to guide the cost. This current partnership with APKD will undoubtedly save 1000’s of sufferers requiring kidney transplantation, in gentle of the present organ scarcity,” he stated.
“The UAE’s progressive management and its extraordinary dedication to the care of the nation’s inhabitants, coupled with our mission to safe dwelling kidney transplants for each affected person in want throughout the globe, will allow us to essentially make a distinction and assist many extra sufferers. We’re thrilled to associate with the UAE’s largest healthcare community in efforts to raise the nation’s infrastructure to not solely heal its residents, however to contribute to the worldwide healthcare panorama by way of cross-country paired donations and transplants and analysis,” stated Dr Michael Rees, APKD chief govt officer.
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