EUDONORGAN service contract (Training and social awareness for increasing organ donation in the European Union and neighbouring countries” 2016-2019), brings its first results! After dedicating the first 6 months of 2017 to the development of a unique and innovative training tool, the EUDONORGAN implements its training program with exceptional results.
Despite summer holidays, we received 173 applications out of which 101 participants were selected, both health care professionals and other key players involved in the organ donation process.
A total of 28 European countries were represented in the program (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey). Among them there were 51 medical doctors, 27 nurses, one medical student, eight patients and patients’ representatives (four of them transplant recipients), two journalists, eight communication experts mainly working for National Competent Authorities, two other representatives of national authorities or ministries, one manager of health care establishment and one documentalist.
The challenging training program employed a blended learning methodology, by means of webinars, online (via WebApp) and face to face training, and amounted to a maximum of 100 study hours.
During the online training, a WebApp with different routes and scenarios has been available to our participants, according to their profile. Out of the total, 97 participants joined the face to face session along with experts from six different countries: Croatia, France, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, The Netherlands. The program was highly evaluated and put the basis of a strong community of advocates in organ donation. In this regard, an EUDONORGAN Facebook group has been created where we continue to share common initiatives and future steps.
We want to acknowledge the European Parliament and the European Commission for such a unique initiative, the project partners for the ongoing effort and last but not least, the National Competent Authorities, PHA Europe (European Pulmonary Hypertension Association) and other collaborators for their valuable support during the selection procedure. Together we make a difference!
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