This morning, at Piperska Muren, the fourth social awareness event within the Eudonorgan project was officially opened. The event was attended by 95 healthcare professionals and other relevant stakeholders coming from 9 countries.
The event addresses some of the topical issue related to organ donation and transplantation in addition to personal witnesses of living donor. Moreover, during the morning session, a new family approach tool dedicated to Swedish intensivists training program was presented. The event was also the occasion for sharing best practices in the Scandiatranpslant Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Estonia) and to outline its state of the art. During the meeting, attendants had the chance to deepen some communication aspects related to this field, such as the role of social media channels in promoting organ donation.
Quotes from the speaker:
«The number of patients waiting in line for a life enhancing treatment is substantial. We need to see beyond the figures, to see the individuals and the waiting-time effects on their daily life and health.»
Director-General, Olivia Wigzell, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden
«To ensure that patients in need of organ transplantation have timely access to transplants will require identifying every potential donor.»
Tuija Kumpulainen, MD, Head of Wellbeing and Services Department, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
«Organ transplantation is dependent on the public willingness to commit to organ donation. Knowledge and understanding are therefore decisive, so that they choose to share their standing with the next of kind. Only then will the dependents be prepared when they have to confirm their loved ones wishes.»
Managing Director of the Norwegian Organ Donor Foundation, Hege Lundin Kuhle
«We need people to become aware of the miracle that you as an organ donor give life to others, even though you are no longer.»
Director General, The Danish Health Authority, Søren Brostrøm
«Organ donation can turn grief into hope and tragedy into life.»
Johann Jonsson MD , FACS, Chief Transplant Services, National University Hospital, Iceland
«It might be inconspicuous to grasp the idea of life after death in religious context. But life after death in organ donation is ultimateptelity.»
Pille Säälik, PhD (specialist of Department of Biologicals, State Agency of Medicines), Estonia
«Eudonorgan is a service contract, funded by the European budget on the initiative of the European Parliament. It was awarded by the European Commission and developed by an international consortium, including universities and organizations located in Spain, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. Eudonorgan mainly aims at enhancing the positive attitude towards organ and tissue donation, and ultimately improving donation rates in the European Union and neighboring countries. The social awareness initiatives are led by the Institute for Organ and Tissue Transplantation of the Republic of Slovenija, Slovenija-transplant and additionally coordinated by the Institute for Transplantation and Biomedicine.»
Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia.
For a full description of the event, please download the final program.