Cyprus and Israel sign MoU on kidney transplants
Cyprus and Israel on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of kidney transplants.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Health George Pamboridis and his Israeli counterpart Yakov Litzman in the framework of the first trilateral meeting on health between Cyprus, Greece and Israel.
The agreement was signed at the Presidential Palace following a bilateral meeting between the two ministers.
The ministers of health from Cyprus, Greece and Israel were earlier received by President Nicos Anastasiades.
Pamboridis said the agreement is very important since it will allow people who seek to donate kidneys to their loved ones will have a better opportunity to do so through paired donations.
The co-operation between the two countries creates a larger pool of potential donors and increases the chances for successful organ exchange between donor-recipient pairs. The programme aims at helping patients in need of kidney transplant and have a living donor available.
The memorandum is the result of a joint effort between the specialists in the area of transplantations from the two countries, as well as of the Transplant Centre of the State of Israel and the Transplant Council of Cyprus.
“It is an important medical agreement that could save lives of Cypriots and Israelis,” Litzman said.
“The excellent results of the Cyprus Transplant Centre have been recognised at international level, a fact that is also confirmed by today’s signed co-operation with Israel, a country with well recognised experience in the field of transplantations,” Pamboridis said.
The three ministers issued a joint declaration on intent to co-operate on health issues. These included the health effects of desalinated water and air pollution; emergency preparedness for joint activity during disease outbreaks and natural and man-made disasters; health promotion, mutual purchase or stockpiling and back-up inventories of pharmaceuticals, blood products and vaccines, for routine and emergency use.
In addition, bilateral meetings took place between the ministers of Cyprus and Greece and later on between Greece and Israel.