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A pioneer project to promote organ donation in the European Union and neighbouring countries

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The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona holds the conferences of the training program of EUDONORGAN project. (Photo: UB).

A pioneer project to promote organ donation in the European Union and neighbouring countries

Raising awareness among society and promoting the training around highly specialized experts in the 28 member countries of the European Union and its neighbouring countries in the community area, aiming to improve the rate of organ donations are the main reference points for EUDONORGAN. This European project is led by the University of Barcelona (UB), together with Bosch i Gimpera Foundation (FBG) and the DTI Donation & Transplantation Institute, located at the Barcelona Science Park.


Only a 10% of the world population has access to a transplant and many patients die while on the waiting list. In the framework of the European Union –with 28 member countries and a population over 500 people- more than 87,000 people are still waiting for a transplant, while the number of donors per year is around 10,500. 

The European Parliament has directly launched in a pioneering and exceptional way the project called EUDONORGAN (Training and social awareness for increasing organ donation in the European Union and neighbouring countries), which is a service contract awarded by the European Commission from the European Union budget.

This project, led by the UB FBG and DTI, has been active since 2016 and will last until 2019. It will cover the needs of training and social sensitization on organ donation with an ambitious work program –instructors’ training, social awareness, dissemination and assessment- aimed at health professionals, institutional representatives, managers, patients, social stakeholders, opinion leaders and the media.

Other partners in this project are the Institute for Organ and Tissue Transplantation of the Republic of Slovenia; the Institute for Transplantation and Biomedicine –Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia; the Italian National Transplant Centre of the National Institute of Health and the company Dinama (Spain), experts on consultancy and assessment of health projects.

Training the trainers at the University of Barcelona and Hospital Clínic

In this frame, on September 18, at 15 h, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Barcelona is holding the first session of these conferences of Train the Trainers. Coordinated by DTI Foundation, this area of work will gather more than a hundred attendants from the twenty-eight countries of the European Union, from September 18 to 22, in Barcelona and Sant Hilari Sacalm.   

In the opening ceremony, chaired by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Francesc Cardellach, will take part the director of EUDONORGAN project, Martí Manyalich, lecturer from the Department of Surgery and Surgical Specializations of the UB and director of DTI Foundation; Richard McGeehan (European Commission); Gabriel Mato (European Parliament); Antonio Alarcó (University of Tenerife); Colin White (Irish Kidney Association & World Transplant Games); Ignasi Belda (Barcelona Science Park); Jaume  Tort (Catalan Transplant Organization); Gloria de la Rosa (National Transplant Organization); Ian Palombi (Council of Europe) and José Ramón Núñez Peña (WHO).

►For further information: UB website [+]