Dec 23, 2019

Save 1 million lives: new scholarship given to a Mexican doctor

In DTI Foundation, our main values are based on education. We believe that by training doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the best practices of organ donation and transplantation, we spread these best practices around the world in the most effective way.

In our case, educating and training doctors translates into saving more lives. To promote education and training in organ donation and transplantation, we want to facilitate access to these courses to healthcare professionals who find themselves in developing countries. That is why we created our project on Global Giving, to raise money to finance scholarships and, ultimately, save lives.

Last October 24th, DTI granted a brand-new scholarship to the Mexican healthcare professional Santiago Martínez Bernal. The doctor received the scholarship during the celebration of a DTI Community breakfast in Mérida, México, during the XXV Latin American and Caribbean Transplant Congress.

Dr. Martínez, thanks to the recently granted scholarship, will be taking part in the TPM Advanced Course that is going to take place in February 2020, in Barcelona. There, he will get involved in the organ donation and transplantation process at national, European and worldwide level.

He will have the chance to increase his professional knowledge and skills in organ donation and transplantation, as well as raising public awareness regarding the importance of organ donation and boost the best practice exchange and the development of international networks.

The scholarship will allow Dr. Martínez to learn about donor detection and identification, brain death diagnosis, donor management, family approach for organ donation, organ recovery and preservation techniques, donation after cardiac arrest (DCD), living donation, ethics and legislation, and much more.

DTI Community is looking forward to planning more of these DTI Community breakfasts and grant more scholarships to healthcare professionals around the world thanks to the donations received in our project in Global Giving.

Sep 26, 2019

Save 1 million lives: scholarship holders to come to Barcelona

DTI’s main field of action is academic training and education. We reckon that training doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the best practices of organ donation and transplantation is the most effective way to spread these best practices around the world.

In this case, educating and training doctors translates into saving more lives. To promote education and training in organ donation and transplantation in as many countries as possible, we want to facilitate access to these courses to healthcare professionals who find themselves in developing countries. That is why we created our project on GlobalGiving, to raise money to finance scholarships and, ultimately, save lives.

This October, three new granted students will join the TPM course in Barcelona. The scholarship holders will attend the Advanced International Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management, which will be taking place in the Faculty of Medicine of University of Barcelona (UB) between October 21st and 25th. The course may be validated with 10 ECTS credits and covers the fundamental aspects of organ donation and transplantation enabling participants to acquire a wide knowledge and skills on brain death diagnosis, donor management, living donation, family approach, organ recovery and preservation techniques, tissue procurement, processing and distribution, and ethics and legislation, among others.

Two of the students are from Ho Chi Mihn, Vietnam. Dr. Nhieu studied Medicine and Neurosurgery in Ho Chi Minh University and is currently working in the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit in Cho Ray Hospital, in Ho Chi Mihn. Dr. Linh, also from Ho Chi Mihn, graduated in the first and second degree as a specialist in Intensive Care Unit. He has trained in resuscitation of liver transplant patients, and he is currently working ad the Deputy Chief of the ICU in Cho Ray Hospital. Dr. Sathyadas, from India,is the third scholarship holder and he qualified as an anaesthesiologist and is working as an associate professor in Anaesthesiology in the Government Medical College Hospital Thiruvananthapuram. He has had active participation in liver transplantation programs and deceased donor maintenance programs, among others.

These three professionals have been selected for their motivation to improve their local health and organ donation system. In India, according to the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation, there were 875 deceased donors (0,65 pmp) and a total of 10.340 organ transplants (7,64 pmp). The global average of deceased donors is 9,42 pmp and 35,13 organ transplants per million of population. There is no data or registry of donations or transplantations in Vietnam.

Jun 27, 2019

Save 1 million lives: increase of transplants and awareness in Barranquilla

The main field of action of DTI (Donation and Transplantation Institute) is academic training and education. We believe that training doctors, nurses and more healthcare professionals in the best practices of organ donation and transplantation is the most effective way to expand worldwide these best practices. Once again, education is key.

In this case, better education translates to saving more lives. Teaching about organ donation and transplantation contributes to a better understanding of it and having more information about it, to creating consciousness about the issue, and to having more qualified people to lead as a transplant coordinator in their local hospitals. To promote education and training everywhere that we can, we want to facilitate access to these courses to healthcare professionals who find themselves in developing countries. That is why we created our project on GlobalGiving, to raise money to finance scholarships and, ultimately, save lives.

One of the recipients of the scholarship is from Colombia. In 2017, the population of Colombia was 49 million and there was a total of 437 organ donations. That means that there were 8,9 donations per million of population (pmp). From those donations, a total of 1.330 transplantations were possible to be carried out. According to IRODaT, that same year, there were 936 kidney transplants, 282 liver transplants, 75 heart transplants, 24 lung transplants, and 13 pancreas transplants. Despite these numbers, in 2018 the waiting list for an organ transplant had 2.500 patients’ names in it, according to the Colombian Ministry of Health.

The recipient of the scholarship, a Colombian Intensive Care doctor, came to Barcelona last February to complete the Advanced Transplant Procurement Course, based on sharing experiences between professors and participants, and applying the knowledge and these experiences to improve the results of organ donation and transplantation processes.  

Now, the doctor has come back to Barranquilla, Colombia, and the improvement has already begun. Even though Barranquilla is the city with fewer transplants in the country, the city has experienced an increase of 33% in transplants, according to Caracol Radio, a number that was never seen before.

Moreover, the doctor trained by DTI has started to meet with transplant coordinators from the region, and they thought out a plan of action in the city to start to implement the best practices. On the one hand, they have organized talks with the objective to train more healthcare professionals in organ donation and ME in the hospital and raise awareness between the nursing staff. They have already started in the emergency rooms, and they will continue in hospitalization and with staff from the Intensive Care Unit. So far, 35 people from different services are participating. On the other hand, a study about the donation potentiality of the hospital is being carried out.

The new donations to our project “Save 1 million lives” will contribute to giving two new scholarships to two healthcare professionals.

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