Black Sea Area Project

The Council of Europe launched in 2011 a three-year collaborative project that aims to battle organ shortages and to improve access to transplant health services in the Council of Europe BSA member states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine) through the development of safe and ethical donation and transplantation programmes.

Efforts are mainly being directed towards the development of effective legislative frameworks and the establishment of national transplant authorities and national transplant programmes and infrastructures. Specialists in the field of transplantation from countries with established transplant systems, such as France, Italy, Czech Republic, Portugal and Spain, are participating and supporting experts from BSA countries.

The BSA project has been organised into several Work Packages that focus on different aspects of the various donation and transplantation processes, which are based on the level of development of the already existing transplantation activities in each BSA member state.

Objectives

The intention is to create a permanent network of national experts that will allow participant countries to coordinate their efforts and pool resources.

DTI Foundation and Organización Nacional de Trasplantes are in charge of the Working Package 4 about clinical practices, that focuses on analysis of the clinical practices for the donation-transplantation proecess inside hospitals. The countries participing (Romania, Russia Federation and Turkey) have established National Transplant Organisations and have fully functional living and deceased donation programmes.

Links

25th February 2013 –  “Oradea, the champion in organ donation. What is the secret? “. Spokespeople: Maria Paula, DTI Foundation Medical Director and Joao Paulo Sousa, ICU and Emergency Director of the Coimbra University Hospital (Media: Digi 24, Romania)

Team

María Paula Gómez, DTI Foundation Medical Director

Xavier Guasch, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona

Jacinto Sánchez, Regional Transplant Office from Galicia, Spain

Ata Bozoklar, Bilim University Istanbul, Turkey

Víctor Zota, National Transplant Agency, Bucharest

Methodology

The BSA Project has been organised in several Work Packages that will focus on different aspects of the donation and transplantation processes based on the level of development of the already existing transplantation activities in each BSA member state.

DTI Foundation and Organización Nacional de Transplantes (Spain) is the work package leader of clinical practices. This Work Package focuses on analysis of the clinical practices for the donation-transplantation process inside hospitals. The participating member states are: Romania, Russia Federation and Turkey.

In order to approach the different levels of the deceased donation system (National, Regional and Hospital) four types of surveys have been developed:

The National Level Survey was created to be answered by the nationals transplant offices or by transplant representation by the Minister of Health.

The Regional Survey is fouced on regional organizations.

The Hospital Surveys are two and are addressed to transplant coordinators and another to intensive care doctors.

The first countries to apply and answer this tool were Turkey and Romania. In both cases, the specific surveys were provided by DTI Foundation and health care professionals answered his specific survey (National level, Regional or Hospital).