Egypt studying legislation to allow individuals to donate organs after death

Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Nov 2022

The Egyptian Liver Transplant Society (ELTS) held first congress in Cairo last week under the slogan “Connecting East and West,” showcasing promising breakthroughs, including government efforts to expand the number of organ donors in the country.

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The congress was attended by participants from Egypt, other Arab countries, the US and other Western countries.

Inaugurating the event, Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar expressed the government’s commitment to advancing liver transplants as part of a wider government policy to better regulate organ transplants for tens of thousands of patients for whom it is the only chance for life.

Transplantation in Egypt is confined to living donors currently but the government is studying legislation that would allow individuals to donate after death.

The three-day congress was attended by top professionals and researchers who shar updates on clinical advances, technical innovation, best practices and debate ethics.

According to ELTS Chair Amr Abdel-Aal, a key objective for the association is to reach out to the 70,000 patients who could benefit from transplants within the next eight years.

“Today marks a historic moment for every patient in Egypt whose life depends on an organ transplant,” Abdel-Aal said at the event.

According to Ahmed El-Sabbagh, ELTS vice president and liver surgery consultant at Mansoura University, the newly launched ELTS will help coordinate liver transplants in Egypt by collaborating with leading international bodies in the field.

The congress also paid tributes to dedicated campaigners leading treatment of liver diseases.

Sherif Khater, president of Al-Mansoura University, received an award for his exemplary work of the university. 

Tawhida Yassin Abdel-Ghaffar, chair of the Yassin Abdel-Ghaffar Centre for Liver Disease and Research, was awarded for her dedicated medical career to combat liver diseases in both adults and children.

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