Cyprus and Israel sign MoU in the field of joint paired exchange of kidney transplant

Cyprus and Israel signed on Tuesday a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the Ministries of Health of Cyprus and Israel in the field of joint paired exchange of kidney transplant.

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 on received by President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades.

In statements after the signing the agreement, the Israeli Minister thanked the government of Cyprus for the agreement and referred to the warm relations between the two countries. The agreement and the warm relations between the two countries, he said, will be very helpful for the region and for both nations.

Noting that Israel has a very strong and good health system, he said that ‘we are very happy to share it with nations which are in friendly relations with us and we try to help each other. We have a lot to learn from Cyprus and Cyprus can learn from us’.

‘We will be very happy to share all information to make a better health system in Cyprus and in Israel. I am sure this agreement will make it possible that health system will improve in both nations’ he concluded.

In his statements, the Cypriot Minister thanked his Israeli counterpart whom he described as probably one of the most successful Ministers in the world.

Pamboridis said that the agreement is very Important since it will allow people who seek to donate to their loved ones to have a better opportunity to achieve that through paired donations.

‘We have a lot to learn, we are happy to see the door of Israel to be opened to Cyprus. We have a considerable number of physicians who have already been exposed to the Israeli medical culture and have trained themselves in the state of Israel so we have a foundation to start building upon and we intend to take this further so that our peoples will have the opportunity to exchange expertise and experiences to the benefit of the health standard of our respective populations’ he pointed out.

In addition, bilateral meetings took place between the Ministers of Cyprus and Greece and later on between Greece and Israel.

Meanwhile, according to a press release by the Ministry of Health of Cyprus, the cooperation is an excellent opportunity for the two countries to benefit their citizens whom otherwise would not have been able to have kidney transplants, by creating a larger pool of potential donors and increases the chances for successful organ exchange between donor-recipient pairs that otherwise could not be transplanted. The program aims at helping patients in need of kidney transplant and have a living donor available, but they are not compatible with each other.

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 the Republic of Cyprus.

According to the press release, in statements, the Israeli Minister said: “It is an important medical agreement that could save lives of Cypriots and Israelis. I consider it as a national mission. The agreement strengthens the relations with our close neighbor and friend both medically and in general.”

The excellent results of the Cyprus Transplant Centre have been recognized at international level, a fact that is also confirmed by the today’s signed cooperation with Israel, a country with a well recognized experience in the field of Transplantations, said the Minister of Health of the Republic of Cyprus, George Pamboridis, according to the press release.

He added that ‘initiatives like the current one shall become the lighthouse of our efforts for assuring a quality life and fully reintegrate into society.

The scheme in its current form is proved to be reliable and is being conducted in developed countries worldwide with great success in kidney transplantations. Israel has been running this since 2000, USA since 2001, the Netherlands since 2004 and Great Britain since 2007.

Source: Cyprus News Agency