Press Release: Friday 9 January 2015
The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has joined the organ and tissue donation bandwagon – to help promote public awareness around the question of “to donate, or not to donate.”
Project Hayat, sponsored by the Organ and Tissue Authority’s DonateLife campaign, aims to educate Muslim women in Victoria about how people from all walks of life depend on organ and tissue donations regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or language.
Through the project, ICV hopes to encourage the Muslim community to discover facts about organ and tissue donation, make a decision and register on the Australian Organ Donor Register, whilst increasing family discussion and knowledge of donation decisions.
Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, said “This is a subject many people avoid; yet it is vital because in Australia families are asked to support the donation decision of their loved one before donation for transplantation can proceed.”
ICV president Ghaith Krayem said many Muslims strayed away from even the conversation around organ donation due to religious misinformation.
“There are in fact Islamic rulings about this matter which makes organ and tissue donation acceptable in Islam.”
To keep up-to-date with Project Hayat’s upcoming information sessions for women in Arabic and Turkish speaking communities, follow https://www.facebook.com/pages/ProjectZHayat/1552827384959953