Charity To Cover Kidney Transplants

RIYADH, 2 February 2007 — The Saad Al-Sanea Center, a Saudi charity organization, announced yesterday that it would cover the cost of 60 kidney transplant operations on poor patients that will be performed at the 700-bed Saad Specialist Hospital (SSH) in the eastern city of Alkhobar.

“The Saad hospital and the Saad charity organization, both owned by a Saudi philanthropist, are working on this humanitarian project,” said a hospital source. “The cases of kidney patients are first studied by a board at the charity before being referred to the hospital.”

The number of kidney disease cases is growing in Saudi Arabia, according to a report released by the Riyadh-based Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation.

The report said that there would be about 10,000 patients requiring regular dialysis by 2011 at the present rate. The total number of kidney transplants last year was 316.

Saad Al-Sanea Center is a private charity with the main mission to support children suffering from different disorders.

The charity also exerts efforts to integrate such children with the mainstream Saudi society. The SSH has finalized plans to open a major oncology center this year.

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