Organ Transplantation during COVID-19 In Iran

Organ Transplantation during COVID-19 In Iran

The COVID-19 has impacted transplantation worldwide, too. Donors, recipients, and the health care resource had been experiencing issues due the pandemic situation. But this isn’t the first time that the world is facing a pandemic, Since the 1980s, there have been several emerging viral diseases including HIV in the late 1980s/early 1990s, SARS-CoV, West Nile Virus, pandemic influenza A/H1N1, Zika, Ebola, and now pandemic COVID-19. For each of these threats, transplant programs have responded in a coordinated fashion by assessing the risk of donor transmission, assessing the severity of disease in the recipient, and recognizing the potential for transmission to healthcare workers.

Most of the countries have postponed transplantation surgeries unless there is a lifesaving emergency. If an urgent transplantation surgery is needed, there is an opportunity for medical tourists to receive transplantation facilities via Medical Treatment Visa in Iran (Medical treatment visa is suitable for foreign citizens who wish to travel to Iran for medical treatment purposes and have already received an approval letter from one of the authorized medical centers).

Transplant programs in Iran are based on the universal COVID-19 prevention standards. Both donner and recipient must have been tested for corona virus 48 hours before their flight to Iran, all of the facilities needed before, during and after the surgery will be managed by the medical facilitator based on the standard protocols. There will be a pleasant and comfortable journey with minimum risks of corona virus infection.


Published by: Exon Medical Department 

Author: Afaq Ejtemaee
Date: 11/07/2020

2020 November 7