The proposal on the creation of the Iberoamerican Network /Council of Donation and Transplantation (RCIDT) was approved at the 7th Iberoamerican Conference of Health Ministers held in Granada, Spain, in September 2005. One month later, this approval was corroborated by the Heads of States and Governments at a summit held in Salamanca, Spain. At the same time, the Spanish National Transplant Organization (ONT) was led in charge of the permanent secretariat of this newly created organism.
Setting up the Latin American Council on Donation and Transplantation:
The Iberoamerican Network / Council was formed to be a permanent institution/structure, with the objective of being the meeting point for different initiatives in the area of donation and transplantation within the Latin American countries.
All the Latin American countries are represented by a professional from transplantation and/or the organizational system nominated by their respective Health Ministries.
Objectives of the Network:
To develop and improve the cooperation between the participants in the organizational and regulatory aspects, training of professionals, and ethical and social aspects related to cell, tissue and organ donation and transplantation.
The priority lines of action remained concentrated on:
- Training programmes for professionals in donation and transplantation.
- Definition of standards and guides for clinical practice.
- Global analysis of the donation and transplantation situation in Latin America.
- Definition of areas of improvement and cooperation in management, planning and organization.
- Communication and information policies.
- Definition of strategies for improvement in immunosuppressive therapy.
- Analysis of economic aspects of donation and transplantation.
What has been achieved since the creation of the RCIDT?
Donation and Transplantation Organizations have been created, restructured or revived in countries that did not rely on them or whose activity was small or non-existent. These organizations depend on the health authority or function with its support. Networks of coordination have been created as well.
The training of transplant coordinators is being consolidated through courses in collaboration with different countries. The trainings are focused on the different areas of the region according to the inequalities detected.
Initiatives on harmonization are being developed in order to establish homogenous agreed criteria with the scientific societies and in accordance with international standards both in the diagnosis of encephalic death and for the assessment of possible donors.
The RCIDT is being set up with technical, ethical, formative and cooperation reference for the development of transplantation programmes in the region.