Feb 24, 2021

Grant for life - One year update

DTI Community, along with DTI Foundation have the mission of saving lives. At DTI (Donation and Transplantation Institute), we believe in the power of education, respect, diversity and transparency. Our way of doing this is by promoting knowledge transfer through our training courses in order to have more competent professionals specialized on organ donation and transplantation.

Our main goal is - through our project on GlobalGiving, Save 1 Million Lives - to facilitate access to practices and training related to organ donation and transplantation, to healthcare professionals who find themselves in developing countries. With the main goal of raising $50.000, we have been able to grant several scholarships to healthcare professionals living in under-resourced countries in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa.

It has been through our project on GlobalGiving, Save 1 Million Lives, that we have been able to grant various scholarships to healthcare professionals from all over the world. In doing so, we have created amazing relationships and a strong and vast network of friends, alumni and volunteers all inspired to save lives.

Dr. Martínez benefited from one of our grants last year.

On October 24th , 2019, we granted a scholarship for the TPM Advanced Course, to Dr. Martínez, from México. His time in Barcelona was of much importance to all of us. Dr. Martínez has made some progress towards improving their organ donation system after the training in Spain (February 2020).

According to Salvador Martínez, the experience of having participated in the postgraduate course was very good. "The advanced TPM program as well as the teachers are high-level, they bring all their experience to the course and leave a great learning for the Coordinators who come from countries where the donation has not had the strength that it should". Salvador did the internship at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, where he participated in 7 donation processes, "which allowed me to see the dynamics of the processes that are carried out in Spain", he says.

Dr Martínez is organizing training sessions among his colleagues at the hospital, transferring the knowledge he acquired during his training in Barcelona. Salvador Martínez has participated in projects where he has been able to help raise awareness about organ donation and transplantation: "I have participated in virtual talks in the sessions of the Mexican Transplant Society at the national level in the donation chapter where I have been able to share some of what I learned in Spain".

“The type of organization Spanish health care professionals have for work, as well as the scientific approach to the work of donation and transplants in research is what served him best as a profesional”. This experience helped him implement changes in the hospital where he works: "I re-organized some aspects of our protocol in terms of detection and process logistics. I’m trying to implement an improvement for the end of life care treatment”.

The challenges that Salvador Martínez has faced are the lack of proper counseling to the families. This scholarship and training were able to provide and teach Dr. Martínez about detection, identification and selection of donors; clinical approach of brain death diagnosis; instrumental tests for brain death diagnosis; donor management; bioethics and legislation in transplantation and other topics that will give him the chance to increase and expand his professional knowledge and skills in organ donation and transplantation. Thus, taking this expertise back to Mexico and applying it.

***Dr. Martínez has given us permission to use his name and picture for this report. 

Nov 30, 2020

Repair work in the shelter homes

A liver transplant is a major surgery that can give a sick person a second chance in life. Although the transplant activity has decreased during the covid19 pandemic, Urgent liver transplantations have continued during these difficult times that we are living. Family support is proven necessary for the full recovery of these patients, and Providing a safe place for their relatives is a primary issue for AETHA (Liver Transplant Patient Association of Aragon).

The project of Transitional Accommodation - Shelter homes of AETHA., was born from the need to offer a resource to those families who have to travel to Zaragoza, capital of Aragon, due to their medical situation from their habitual residence, generally municipalities and rural areas throughout Aragon. That is why, AETHA offers these shelter homes to cover and give answers to these demands, always free of charge for the families. Donations to projects like these have a huge impact on the society and specifically to the patients in need of a liver transplant.  Now more than ever it becomes more important given the pandemic situation that we are living.

Zaragoza is one of Spain’s region with more Covid-19  cases, and the decerease of hospitalization is going slowly. Most of Spain is living the second wave of the COVID19 but Aragon is in its third. The situation remains critical, despite the fact that the number of incidences of contagion is falling day by day due to the high level of restrictions. Aragon, which is a quite small region, has a dramatic average of 25 deaths per day, surpassing 10,000 infections since the beginning of the pandemic. 

During the past months, most of the occupation of the shelter homes has been due to hospital visits and medical revisions of some AETHA members. This is because the pandemic situation allows only the emergency 0 transplants , patients who are in critical condition and who, if they do not receive an urgent transplant, are at risk of dying. A patient in "emergency 0" has absolute priority throughout the national territory. In these cases, they go to the top of the transplant waiting list. The first organ that is generated in any Spanish hospital is allocated to the patient who is in this situation.

The apartments are equipped with everything the families might need. There is central heating as well as lift, appliances and everything to make their stay as pleasant as possible. A lot of families have stayed in AETHA's shelter homes over the past five years. And, as every place that is habited and used, over time, it needs to be reconditioned. That’s why the AETHA’s team has got down to work with the bathrooms and the power failures.

We installed a new ceramic stove in the kitchen, a new oven and a new refrigerator, and a new microwave shelf as well. The ceilings and walls of the apartment have been painted, the doors have been varnished and we have placed brand new LED lights on the wall. Likewise, the old toilet has been changed for a new one and the bathtub for a new shower plate.


All these enhancements will contribute to improve the quality of the stay of the families. Thanks to the support of donations received through GlobalGiving, it will be possible to continue supporting these projects that help so many families in need.

Oct 27, 2020

Update with the Indian intensive care doctor that received a training grant for organ donation

Dr. Sathyadas during his training in Barcelona
Dr. Sathyadas during his training in Barcelona

Dr. Anil Sathyadas, Associate professor in the Critical Care and Anaesthesiology depts of the Government Medical College Thiruvananthapuram, benefited from one of our grants last year.

It is important to highlight the changes in the government’s guidelines that have simplified the process of organ donation and transplantation.

Dr.Sathyadas’s team has made some progress towards improving their organ donation system: seven potential donors were identified after the training in Spain (November 2019), and one donation consented that offered a lifesaving transplant to many patients in the region.

The challenges that Dr.Sathyadas’s faced are the lack of proper counseling to the families: not accepting the demise of their dear ones, lack of training in the field among specialty doctors, residents, and house surgeons, late detection which makes donor maintenance difficult, and fear to declare brain death.

In order to improve the organ donation process, more awareness of brain death in staff nurses and resident doctors in trauma ICU will be raised.Dr Sathyadas is organizing training sessions among his colleagues in the hospital, transferring the knowledge he acquired during his training in Barcelona.

Finally, DTI Foundation in collaboration with the donation team will organize monographic webinars on the organ donation process, as well asEODS (essentials in organ donation), 15-minute lectures that will be taught by the donation team in every service of the hospital. This will be done every six months in a different department.

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