15th Congress of the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement, Dubai

DTI representatives participated in the 15th International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) Congress held in Intercontinental Festival City (Dubai) during November 14th – 16th. It was a big reunion where they had time to catch up with friends, colleagues and future partners.

They presented nine abstracts during the different sessions including those related to educational European projects, International Master in Donation and Transplantation and the training programs in China. There was also representation from our colleagues of Saudi Arabia presenting the results of the project of Quality Management Implementation and the long-term relationship with SEHA (Abu Dhabi Health Services).

Mafraq Hospital in Abu Dhabi deserves a special mention as their Organ Procurement Unit (OPU) was recognized with the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification. Credits go to their TPM team hard work during the past few months in developing and implementing Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs), and the collaboration between SEHA and DTI Foundation.

5th Intermediate Training Course in UAE

The 5th Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management (TPM) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was held in Ajman on November 10th – 12th in the Ajman Medical College.

The course hosted 54 participants from different hospitals in the UAE, and both, local and international faculty. The lectures and workshops were focused on the critical pathway on organ donation, making special emphasis on the national legal framework, as well as the declaration of brain death.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great opportunity for all these healthcare professionals to gather and share knowledge and expertise on regards of organ donation and transplantation.

25th TPM Advanced International Training Course

This 25th English edition of the Advanced International Training Course was a special one. Not only because of the anniversary but also for having the biggest group of participants at this course since its first edition in 1994. 20 countries and 24 nationalities were represented among the 61 participants that are now members of the great TPM family.

When it comes to organ donation, they face the same needs and difficulties in places like Jamaica, Vietnam, India, Thailand, UAE, Japan, Latvia, Greece and Trinidad & Tobago among others. Participants learnt from each other and from our dedicated faculty team about the possibilities of improvement in this field within the course educational program.

Hopefully, they took this knowledge back home to work on it together with some good advices from our international experts so it is likely that we will meet again in future projects.

There was a farewell dinner party with a birthday cake and cava to make a toast for 25 more years to come!

We are already working on the next edition that will be held in October from 19th to 23rd, 2020.

 

DTI Community reunites former students during TPM breakfast

DTI Community, following its objective to connect healthcare professionals and students dedicated to organ donation and transplantation, has put together two TPM breakfasts for former students of Transplant Procurement Management courses, one in Mérida (México) and in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

The first one took place on October 24th in Mérida, México, during the celebration of the XXV Latin American and Caribbean Transplant Congress,  October 23  to 26.

During this breakfast, the attendants were able to enjoy interesting chats between professionals and grow their network of contacts, as well as listening to a presentation about DCD programs in the world, a presentation by a TPM alumnus.

Also, a new scholarship was given to a Mexican healthcare professional during the TPM Breakfast in Mérida, on October 24th.  This scholarship, given to the Mexican doctor Santiago Martínez Bernal, covers the whole TPM Advanced Course that is going to take place in February 2020 in Barcelona.

The second TPM breakfast will be organized very soon, on November 13th at 7 am in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, within the 15th Organ Donation Congress (ISODP), which will be taking place between November 14th and 16th. It will be held at the same venue of the Congress in Intercontinental Festival City and former TPM students, as well as ESADE alumni, are invited.

DTI Community wants to thank all of those who attended the breakfast in Mérida, and we welcome and invite everyone who is interested in coming to the breakfast in Dubai.

Please register here to confirm attendance: https://bit.ly/2PvSaPV

4th Intermediate course in Davao, Philippines

The 4th edition of the Transplant Procurement Management Intermediate course (5th in Philippines) has recently wrapped up in Davao, Mindanao region.

The course has brought together 50 healthcare professionals who improved their competencies required in organ donation both clinical and non-technical, including teamwork and communication.

An advocacy event organized prior to the course was joined by healthcare professionals, patients and patient groups, decision- makers and journalists.

Local speakers together with experts  from Croatia, Portugal and Spain shared with the audience their experience, progresses, obstacles, concerns and possible actions to go forward.

There was also a courtesy visit of the DTI-TPM  faculty to SPMC Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega after concluding the TPM course and they were invited to witness the construction of the soon-to-be SPMC Mindanao Kidney and Transplant Institute.

Do you want to learn more? See event news below:

https://www.facebook.com/394481917401001/posts/1297927357056448?sfns=mo

Donation & Transplantation congresses in September

September has been an extraordinary busy month for our staff. The attendance to the Organ Donation and Transplantation congresses organized in Denmark (ESOT), Spain (ONT) and India (CAST) has been a key piece for our foundation this last part of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

Learning about the state of the art in this field and sharing our last results of the year took our team to spend several extra-long days attending and performing presentations.

Most of them about the co-financed European Projects where we take part as organizing partners and educational leaders alongside the University of Barcelona.

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.

Henan 2nd Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management

From the 14th till the 16th of August, a team of five international DTI experts joined with local experts had shared their organ donation knowledge and experience with 50 participants in the 2nd TPM Intermediate Organ Donation Course held in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province. The participants were privileged to enhance their skills by learning form exceptionally proficient professionals from Spain, Slovenia, Brazil and China.

Healthcare professionals involved in donor procurement and transplant coordination require solid and comprehensive training to integrate the donation-transplant process in the clinical field. The TPM educational training’s main objective is to develop and improve these healthcare professional’s competences, providing them with the knowledge and skills required to efficiently perform their responsibilities.

This course is part of a cooperation project between The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Bethune Charitable Foundation and Transplantation Foundation and DTI Foundation. This cooperation aims at improving the organ donation and transplantation activity, facilitating the exchange of experience and expertise.

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.