ABU DHABI, 23rd November, 2022 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH), the regulator of the health sector in the emirate, and the American company Eversight, one of the main banks non-profit Eyes of the World, has partnered to create the first Eye and Tissue Bank in the United Arab Emirates. The agreement will see the creation, development and operation of a comprehensive and seamless eye transplant framework in the UAE.
In the presence of Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the DoH and Carrie Wolverton – Director of Global Development at Eversight, the partnership resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Under Secretary of the DoH and Global Director of Development. at Eversight.
Through this strategic collaboration, the DoH and Eversight will establish the building blocks in three phases that include program design, implementation, and management. In its initial stages, the two entities will focus on implementing the necessary arrangements for the Eye and Tissue Bank – Abu Dhabi to serve as an importer of corneas and other eye-related tissues in the region. In addition to integrating the eye and tissue bank program into the UAE National Program for Organ Donation and Transplantation.
For its part, Eversight will develop a comprehensive medical framework to standardize and operate procedures across all clinical functions within Eye and Tissue Bank – Abu Dhabi in line with international best practices in Abu Dhabi.
Dr Al Kaabi said, “Under the guidance of our wise leadership, Abu Dhabi continues to partner with leading international bodies to elevate its national health operations on all fronts. We are proud to have partnered with Eversight today to establish another impactful program that helps sustain and improve lives in the UAE and beyond. Through this partnership, we aim to further improve healthcare outcomes and facilitate fast and seamless operations for all patients in need of eye tissue transplantation in the United Arab Emirates.
Al Kaabi added, “We encourage all members of the community to register their consent for post-mortem organ and tissue donation. As we work tirelessly to reiterate Abu Dhabi’s position as a premier healthcare destination, we empower our community to be part of the journey to excellence through noble and sentimental actions like this one.
Erik Hellier, Director of Global Development at Eversight, said, “Our vision for the future is to expand our reach, connect more effectively with all communities, and deliver a life full of sight to everyone in the world. need. Our vision is a world without blindness. This partnership is a huge step towards that vision. This is the culmination of my 17 years in the eye bank and we are very excited for the future.