DTI Community’s charitable events to fund new scholarships

DTI Community is blending with culture and music once more. For the upcoming academic year, we have organized two charitable events in order to raise funds for our project Save 1 million lives , which goal is to grant scholarships to train and teach about organ donation and transplantation to doctors and healthcare professionals living in under-resourced countries.

The first event is going to be a theatre play from the Catalan author and journalist Carles Soldevila. Bola de neu, from 1927, tells the story of Emili Ginebreda, a well-off bourgeois, with grey personality and no apparent talent. One day, he achieves his childhood dream: becoming a painter. His friends, with different interests each, will help him become the artist that he always wanted to be. However, in the process, a love triangle occurs between Emili, his wife, and an art critic. The play will take place on October 18th at 20:30h in Helena Teatre (Montseny Street 31, Barcelona). As it is happening in Barcelona, the play will be developed in Catalan.

The second fundraising event will take place in the emblematic Palau de la Música in Barcelona. A concert consisting of two pianists, three musicians playing Brahms and, lastly, a quintet made of five musicians will be hosted in Petit Palau, a smaller auditorium inside Palau de la Música. The event, on the 20th of November, will open its doors at 8 p.m., so DTI Community can hand out honorary plaques to its most loyal collaborators at 8:30 p.m.

One ticket includes the entrance to both events, and the donation is 30€. As mentioned, everything that is raised will be destined to finance scholarships for TPM courses in Barcelona for healthcare professionals in under-resourced countries. You can check our campaign Save 1 million lives  in Global Giving.

We welcome everybody who lives near to enjoy a comedy on stage and help save lives at the same time!

Take a look at the website bit.ly/dtiEVENTS and contact us at info@dticommunity.org or call (+34) 934020897.

1st Intermediate Training Course in Goa State, India

Collaboration between the Goa Medical College and the DTI Foundation has made possible the organization of the 1st Intermediate Training course in Goa, India from the 29th till the 31st of July. This cooperation’s main goal is to establish a self-sufficient deceased organ donation program in the Goa state.

The TPM course was the perfect platform for exchanging knowledge and sharing experiences. A team of international DTI experts from Spain and Portugal joined by a group of excellent local experts had the opportunity of enhancing the expertise of the 52 participants from the Goa state. All together experts and participants engaged in this unique learning experience giving them the opportunity of connecting through their mutual passion for organ donation.

This three-day course aims to inspire the participants by its unique methodology with lectures, workshops and in situ simulation, the innovative approach encourages their motivation and enthusiasm to increase their knowledge and skills.

On the 27th of July the international experts had the opportunity to attend an Organ Donation and spirituality symposium organised by the Indian Medical Association with the Goa Union of Journalists. The Symposium gathered religious representatives of three major faiths to advocate their support to organ donation. Maulana Mohammed Zafar Alam Nadvi the Iman of Masjid-ul-Abrar at Margao, Fr Donato Rodrigues professor of moral theology at the Rachol Seminary and Sadguru Brahmeshanandacharya Swamisaid founder of the International Sadguru Foundation talked about what constituted a fair and beneficial organ donation process according to their faiths.


DTI Community forms an alliance with two transplant patient associations

The patient associations AETHA (Association of Patients and Liver Transplant of Aragon) and ADER (Kidney Patients Association) have united with DTI Community to join strengths and make the message about the importance of organ donation and transplantation louder.

The alliance is a result of the shared goal to improve the patients’ quality of life, including the ones that have been transplanted and the ones that are still waiting for one.

From now on, DTI Community will work with ADER and AETHA to spread the services and the events of all the parts through their websites and social media; they will create projects of divulgation and promotion for organ donation and transplant, such as the talks in which the patients will be the speakers; and plan events together.

Starting in September, associates of ADER and AETHA will have access to DTI Community’s website, and vice versa. Also, September is the month chosen to hold the first-ever talk with a patient as a speaker in this platform. It will take place on the 19th of September at 4 p.m. (Spanish time).

ADER http://www.aderrenal.org/?lang=ca is a private entity, philanthropic and of social initiative, from Catalunya. Founded in 1976, the institution has fought to reclaim improvement in the substitutive therapies of renal insufficiency, such as haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and renal transplant.

AETHA: https://aetha.org/aetha/ is a non-profit entity from Aragón, Spain, founded in 1999. Their actions include talks to raise awareness about organ donation and transplant in educational centres, and providing help and information to patients and their families, such as offering welfare flats to people who are going through a transplant.

1st TPM course in Northern area of Philippines

After 3 motivational courses in Southern Region in the Philippines, TPM-DTI headed north to Dagupan, Luzon area. Alongside with Regional 1 Medical Center and with the institutional support of PHILNOS, the 4th Intermediate course was organized and performed with a total attendance of 40 participants from different hospitals and medical centers, mainly from the Northern Region.

For three days, from 26th to 28th June, which has been the National Kidney Month in Philippines, the group actively attended the lectures and workshops provided by TPM international experts.

Some participants expressed their willingness to get their hospitals involved in the donation-transplantation process: -“It will help me to initiate our hospital for Transplantation”. This is a comment that encourages us to follow with our training and cooperation tasks.

In order to support this program some authorities from R1MC attended the final day and delivery of certificates: Dr. Arnel Gerard R. Gazmen, the Chairperson of the Management Committee, Chief of The Professional Education and Training Services, and Department Manager of Internal Medicine, representing Medical Center Chief, Dr. Joseph Roland O. Mejia.  Also, Dr. Hilarion H. Maramba, the Research Development and Management Director and Chairperson of the Events Committee.

The organization of the course was responsibility of Dr Rehana Pallingayan, Head of the Organ Procurement Unit of the Region 1 Medical Center, Dagupan City, Pangasinan and Ms. Christy Palaganas, Nurse Supervisor and Transplant Coordinator at the same center. Also, the R1MC staff and events members portrayed an excellent job organizing and taking care of all the attendees.

The last day, the TPM experts were invited to visit Dagupan city Hospital to meet some of the local medical staff and also to visit the new building where the first cornea’s donations have been performed.

Saving lives over the last 10 years in Trinidad & Tobago

The SEUSA program, supported by Fundación Repsol and coordinated by DTI Foundation, has led the actions to strengthening the organ donation and transplant system in the island. From June 19th to 21st, a team of DTI experts has visited the country to continue the establishment of the program.

The donation and transplantation program in Trinidad & Tobago started in 2006 under the umbrella of the National Organ Donor Program, competence of the Trinidadian Ministry of Health implemented by the National Transplant Unit (NOTU). But was only in 2010 thanks to the help of WHO and the Donation and Transplantation institute (DTI), that the Donation and Transplantation activity reached its best results. A total of 122 patients have received a renal transplant since 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago.

These achievements were made possible also thanks to the collaboration of Fundación Repsol; a Spanish foundation that promotes entrepreneurship, supports and collaborates with social, educational, and cultural organisations in the development of their projects.

The project designed and implemented by DTI Foundation was based in the best organ donation practices from Spain, Europe and the United States; called SEUSA methodology.

Most of the SEUSA Trinidad and Tobago activities have been focussed on the:

  • Design the structure and strengthening of the deceased donation program

As results, 238 potential donors have been detected. From these, 23 have become real donors. Out of 122 kidneys transplanted, 39 kidneys were from deceased donors.

  • Education and Training: a total of 261 healthcare professionals have been trained in organ donation and transplantation as part of the project. Also, in 2017, an intensive care doctor graduated from the official Master in Donation and Transplantation of Organs, Cells, and Tissues, from the University of Barcelona, Spain.

SEUSA program

Thanks to the implementation of the SEUSA program, the engagement of the health professionals and the involvement of the health authorities the organ donation commitment in the country has increased significantly resulting in a rising donation rate.

The program was implemented in several phases. The initial step is a diagnosis study, aiming on identifying the organizational, structural and educational needs. After analysing the results and once identified, an action plan is formulated in order to foreseeing solutions. The next step is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system by focusing on professionals’ involvement and management aspects. The third step is maximization of donor detection, by implementing the Deceased Alert System (DAS), an IT system that allows reporting potential brain-dead donors. All these actions need to be involved in a key cultural change within the healthcare professionals to nurture a positive attitude towards organ donation. The following step is auditing the hospitals to assure the accuracy and efficiency of the program’s implementation and its actions. The final step is analysing the program development to provide recommendations for improvement and professional training according to the local educational needs.

Despite the improvements and the progress that has been made, there are still some challenges left to overcome. The lack of a tissue donation program, the lack of physician’s engagement, the shortage of trained professional and a high family refusal rate are possibly the main ones.

June 2019 DTI expert visit

From June 19th to 21st, a team of DTI experts has visited Trinidad and Tobago to ensure the establishment of the program and to verify the progress made. Additionally, other CARICOM countries have been the focus of the DTI experts visit, extending the visit till June 26th. Guyana, Barbados and Jamaica hosted the team facilitating influential meetings with the key health care professionals and relevant authorities. The aim was to evaluate the possibility of regional involvement and as well as creating synergies for better practices in managing the end stage kidney disease.

During the two-day visit to Trinidad and Tobago the DTI team had the opportunity to meet the Minister of Health Mr. Terrence Deyalsingh to discuss the new action plan for the deceased organ donation program. A visit to the NOTU and the Repsol Foundation office was also facilitated.

In Guyana a meeting with surgeons attending the 17th Annual Caribbean College of Surgeons Scientific Conference was facilitated. This was an excellent opportunity to establish synergies of cooperation in Donation and Transplantation field within CARICOM regions. The DTI team also met Mr Slater, CARICOM assistant secretary general to establish better communication pathways with the Caribbean region.

During the visit to Barbados, the team visited the Queen Elisabeth Hospital. The visit included a very dynamic meeting with the Hospital CMO, Dr Anthony Harris and the nephrology and surgical team where they all had the chance to define the challenges for the implementation of the deceased donation program.

During the Jamaica stay the team visited the West Indies University Hospital where they had the opportunity to attend a meeting organized by Dr Carl Bruce, CMO. The meeting was joined by many key stakeholders of the deceased donor program, representatives of the Minister of Health, the Hospital legal department, nursing department, surgery department and professors from the West Indies University. The Ambassador of Spain, His Excellency Mr Josep Maria Bosch Messa offered his support attending the meeting.

Overall the visit has made possible a more detailed assessment of the current situation in the CARICOM and also has facilitated the establishment of working networks and synergies among CARICOM region.

It is now clear that there are many challenges ahead, but the right action plans are in place to made deceased organ donation possible in a near future in the Caribbean region.

4th Intermediate Course in Thailand

The 4th Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management took place at The Century Park Hotel in Bangkok – Thailand, on 5th – 7th June 2019.  The training course was developed in collaboration with the Rajavithi Hospital, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Thai Red Cross. Forty-four healthcare professionals from across the country attended the training accomplishing the learning objectives successfully.

The training program was boosted by the best practice exchange between the Thailand and international experts from Portugal, Spain and Belgium. The experience was unique and the feedback formidable. The course participants showed great commitment and determination in achieving their objective: improve the organ donation system in Thailand.

We wish to extend our recognitions to Dr. Narong Aphikulvanich, Deputy Director General of Department of Medical Services and Dr. Visist Dhitavat, Director of The Thai Red Cross and to the entire faculty and organizing team for their excellent job.

Master Closing Ceremony

The 15th edition of the International Master in Donation and Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells (TPM-University of Barcelona) finished this May.

33 students from 13 different countries participated in the Master. Moreover, we have also trained 18 participants from 9 countries in the Master in Clinical Research (University of Barcelona), in the specialization of Donation and Transplantation of Organs, Tissues and Cells.

The participants have shown great commitment and effort in every stage of the donation and transplantation process along this academic year. During the entire training, they were guided by top experts  from the most prestigious centers from around the world.

The Master Closing Ceremony was held on the 31st of May, at the Centre Esther Koplowitz, Fundació Clínic per a la Recerca Biomèdica, Barcelona.

The program included a video a presentation A 100 training courses in Italy by TPM by Dr. Jose Luis Escalante, pioneer in organ donation and transplantation in Spain and currently director of the Transplantation Program at the University General Hospital Gregorio Marañón, Madrid. Dr. Escalante talked about the successful implementation of TPM training in Italy in the past 22 years.

The event counted with the participation of a special guest, Dr. Alessandro Nanni Costa, former president of the Italian National Transplant Center (Centro Nacionale Trapianti) who talked about Organ Donation and Transplantation in Italy in the past 20 years.

Dr. Nanni Costa was awarded a honorary DTI plaque for his contribution to the development of organ donation and transplantation in Italy.

We hope that the new edition of the Master, starting in October 2019, will be as successful as this one!

Registration is now open for the 16th edition!

11th International Course in Tissue Banking & Advanced Therapies

The 11th International Course on Tissue Banking and Advanced Therapies took place from 27th to 30th of May at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona and IBEC (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia).

We are proud to say that this edition of the course was more than successful, gathering 32 participants from 16 different countries, and the faculty staff from USA, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Ecuador and Spain.

The participants have, undoubtedly, improved their knowledge and competences in tissue banking and advanced therapies through theoretical lectures and modern hands-on workshops given by some of the most prominent experts in the field.






1st TPM course in Kerala State, India

2171 persons are on the waiting list for organ transplantation in Kerala State, India. The detection of potential donors is key factor to activate the process and this is one of the main reasons for the Government to implement a new position of Transplant Coordinator in every hospital in the state. As always training is the first step to be taken therefore, it was proposed that a course in Transplant Procurement Management would be a good way to start with it.

The 1st Intermediate TPM course in Trivandrum (India) took place from 28th to 30th May. 50 professionals (Neurologist and Anaesthesists mainly) from all over the State of Kerala were trained to determine brain death and obtain consent from relatives for organ transplantation among other topics of the Transplant Coordination process.

We are grateful to the Ministry of Health Smt. K. K Shailaja Teacher for her kind presentation of the course; to Sri. Rajeev Sadanandan, Chief Secretary and to Dr. Noble Gracious, Nodal Officer (KNOS) for inviting us to share our experience and knowledge with this big group that hopefully will help to increase the donation rates in Kerala.

Also, thanks to all the local team and to the Spanish experts for their commitment and for making this awesome course possible.



DTI Community campaigns to sponsor training in organ donation

DTI Community is a worldwide community of ambassadors, alumni, friends and volunteers engaged to increase awareness and volunteer and philanthropic commitment to Donation and Transplantation Institute (DTI).

More than 15.000 TPM alumni from all five continents have enrolled in the Transplant Procurement Management courses that DTI offers. DTI Community promotes equality of access and opportunity for organ donation and transplantation. We are committed to bring the best practices in this field to under-resourced countries, because we believe that together we are stronger. For this purpose last year we created a crowdfunding campaign called “Save 1 million lives”.

So far, two students have been granted with a  scholarship that allowed them to come to Barcelona to be trained at the TPM Advanced Courses (Spanish and English) and in an  internship at the Transplant Coordination offices in Hospital Clinic and Hospital Bellvitge. Dr. Oeding, from Barranquilla, Colombia, is an Intensive Care doctor and has already planned out a strategy alongside transplants coordinators from the region to start implementing the best practices in organ donation and transplantation. Dr. Panche, from Goa, India, has been named Regional Transplant Coordinator short after graduating from the TPM course.

You can help us to fund more scholarships through our project on Global Giving. Thanks to your contribution we can achieve great changes in those countries that need to develope a new system or to improve the existing one. You could benefit by contacting info@dticommunity.org.

Every single donation helps towards the goal of saving lives!