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ODISSeA: a pioneer initiative to improve organ donation in Southeast Asian countries

14.05.2019

Promoting training for highly specialized experts in the field of organ donation in Southeast Asian countries is the main aim of the training program Train the trainers, to take place from May 13 to 17 in Barcelona, under the direction of Martí Manyalich, lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB and president of the DTI Foundation – Donation & Transplantation Institute, located in the Barcelona Science Park. This training iniciative for biomedicine experts is part of the project ODISSeA and will finish with an institutional ceremony to take place in the Aula Magna at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the UB on Friday, May 17.

 

This project started its journey in a first meeting held on March in the city of Davao, Philippines. (Photo: Fundació DTI).

The project ODISSeA (Organ Donation Innovative Strategies in Southeast Asia) is a pioneer initiative led by the University of Barcelona to promote an academic program on organ donation for health professionals in eight universities in Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand.

The donation rate does not even reach one donor for every million inhabitants in some countries of Southeast Asia. This training approach –adapted to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) –will promote the institutional collaboration to improve donation rates and set a sustainable system for training on organ donation in these Asian countries. In the project ODISSeA, co-funded by the European Union program Erasmus+, other universities take part: the University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Zagreb (Croatia), DTI Foundation and the company Dinamia (Spain), expert on consulting and assessment of social projects.  

ODISSeA started its journey in a first meeting held on March in the city of Davao (Philippines). Therefore, all participants in the first edition of the ODISSeA training course in Barcelona –specifically, thirty experts from Philippines, Malaysia and Myanmar- will now improve their knowledge and work on the right tools to become trainers in organ donation in their university institution, through an online and face-to-face training program.   

This training approach –adapted to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) –will promote the institutional collaboration to improve donation rates and set a sustainable system for training on organ donation in these Asian countries. In the project ODISSeA, co-funded by the European Union program Erasmus+, other universities take part: the University of Bologna (Italy), the University of Zagreb (Croatia), DTI Foundation and the company Dinamia (Spain), expert on consulting and assessment of social projects.  


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