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Historical Overview of Organ Donation Programs

 

A Brief Historical Overview of Organ Donation and Transplantation Programs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Initiative of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz may God protect him, to issue a decision of the Council of Senior Scholars No. 99 dated 06/11/1402 that permits the transfer of organs from one human being to another, whether he is alive or dead (Appendix 1). It also followed by the decision of the Council of Islamic Jurisprudence about the definition of death and permission to switch off the ventilator from brain dead (Appendix 2).

Initiative of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to establish a center supervising and coordinating organ transplantation and donation from brain dead 1404H as well as regulating the treatment of patients with kidney failure with issuing of the Royal Decree No. 7/1561/M on 15/5/1404H for establishment of the National Kidney foundation (Appendix 3).

Initiative of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to raise the level of care for organ failure patients, to include all members and expand the activities of the National Kidney foundation till issuing of the Royal Decree No. 80 dated 20/06/1413H change the name of the National Kidney foundation to the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation thereby expanding its activities to include all Organ Transplantation fields (Appendix 4).

Initiative of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, to create a new headquarters for Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation thereafter laying the foundation stone for the new headquarters 1418H.
The opening of the new headquarters of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation and King Salman kidney Center by king Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Honorary President of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, 9 Shaaban 1421, corresponding to November 5, 2000.
Initiative of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, to establish a charity for the care of patients with kidney failure in 1418H.
Initiative and support of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the requirement of the organ donation and transplantation program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been raised and the approval of the Council of Ministers No. 195, dated 01/08/1423 had been issued to support the organ donation and transplantation.

Initiative and support of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Honorary President of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation to support the needs of dialysis patients by giving them a paid vacation day on dialysis day through Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation.

Directory of the Regulations of Organ Transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Decision of the Council of Health Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) No. 3 for the organ transplantation congress (61) On 26/04/1427, corresponding to 24/05/2006 stated:
1. Adoption of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation as a referral center for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
2. Adoption of a uniform law on regulation of organ sharing among Gulf Cooperation Council countries as a guidelines.
The decision of the Council of Ministers No. 270, date 08/09/1429 stating the attachment of Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation with Council of health services directly and allocate a special budget for the end organ failure program and organ transplantation program separated from the budget of the Ministry of Health with the provision of administrative and medical and technical resources required for the center Saudi for Organ Transplantation.

The decision of the Council of Ministers No. 38 dated 01/26/1434, defining the duties of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation within the new organization. See the overview on organ donation and transplantation program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Appendix 5).