30 March, 2015

Working against organ trafficking

DTI Foundation attended at the 15th meeting of the European Committee (Partial Agreement) on Organ Transplantation (CD-P-TO) to present new projects initiativeswhich was held Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 23-24 March 2015. This meeting brought together internationally-recognised experts to discuss topics such as the fight against organ trafficking, international cooperation, the development of ethical, quality and safety standards and future projects in the Council of Europe members states.

In this context, DTI Foundation representatives participated in the “Walk Against Organ Trafficking” held on Tuesday 24 March 2015 (afternoon) on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela (the Way of St James). Organised by the Council of Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO)the Spanish National Agency for Transplantation (ONT) and Swiss Transplant, this event aimed at pooling efforts to raise awareness of the fight against organ trafficking and promote voluntary  organ donation, which helps to save and improve the lives of thousands of patients throughout the world.

In addition, DTI representatives also participated in the “High-level International Conference on the Fight against Trafficking in Human Organs” (25-26 March 2015) which invites governments to criminalize the illicit removal of human organs. During this conference, the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Organswas signed by 14 Member States of the Council of Europe.