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Organ Donation
Project/Activity details
Project/Activity title Organ Donation
Type Transnational
Level International
Project Affiliation with IFMSA Standing Committees
Parties involved
IFMSA NMOs involved CroMSIC, LeMSIC, IFMSA-Serbia, MMSA-Macedonia, IFMSA-Peru, IFMSA-The Netherlands, IMCC-Denmark, IFMSA-India, IFMSA-Chile, IFMSA-Ukraine,...
Countries of implementation Croatia,Serbia,Macedonia,Lebanon,India,Ukraine...
Contact details
Start Date 01-08-2005
End Date ---
Details of the Project
Aim One of the major goals of this project is to educate medical students about the process of organ donation and organ transplantation. Medical students which receive certain education about this issue are more likely to have a positive approach to the organ donation process, and will be capable of providing their parents, friends and communities with all the information needed while deciding to become organ donors. The main goals of this project are:
1) Education and professional training of medical students.
2) Involvement of as many NMO as possible, so that this type of education on organ donation is accessible to all medical students interested in this area.
3) Cooperation with other governmental and non-governmental agencies in improving our national donor registers and networks.
Description Organ Donorship Promotion project is a educational project, with a purpose to promote organ donorship, to educate the public about organ donorship and organ transplantation, and to actuate medical students to become more aware of the importance of organ donation for modern medicine. Main activities while working on this project include organising lectures, round tables and debates on this subject, and assuring an interdisciplinary approach to the issue of organ donation. It is essential to establish a good cooperation with state institutions, and recognized experts in this field, as well with other parties interested in the subject, such as NGO's, citizen initiatives, etc. One of the major goals of this project is to educate the public, primarily medical students, about the process of organ donation and organ transplantation. We believe that raising public awareness on the importance of organ donation can encourage people to list themselves as potential organ donors.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are waiting for an organ transplant.
With the developement of new biomedical technologies, organ transplantation has become a widely accepted procedure, routinely performed in all major medical centers. The discouraging fact is that unspite of the new technologies, people are still unaware of the importance of this procedure – we could conclude that they are not educated enough about the entire process.
This field is also very «new» for physicians themselves. That is why we should put a strong emphasis on educating medical students.
Organ donation and transplantation are also specific about another fact – besides extraordinary surgical and technological basis, this process requires people themselves to decide whether they want to become organ donors. We must admit that for a healthy young persons, it is pretty hard to think about something so abstract, such as becoming an organ donor.
That is something this project can influence the most, and that is to make people to at least think about their own attitude to organ donorship.
Naturally, this project should also include regional and national characteristics of each country in which it is held, such as religious attitude, availability and organization of Organ donors' database, culural charateristics, and so on.
Fortunately, the majority of worlds religions supports the idea of organ donorship
( Catholic church, Orthodox churches, Islam, Judaism...).
In order to accomplish interdisciplinary approach, it is also necessary to include lawyers, ethicists and theologists, along with physicians.
The main idea is that of this project is that we, as medical students and future physicians, should set an example to others in the community and be among the first ones to support organ donorship.

First phase of the project:
Prior to any project activity, it is crucial to conduct a survey among medical students, to explore their attitudes, oppinions and knowledge about organ donation.
The first survey of that kind was conducted in Split University School of Medicine in 2001., and 50% of the enroled students filled out the questionairre.
For the purpose of the transnational project, we should conduct this survey in the same time, and perform a comparative analysis of the results. Secondly, we should compose a questionairre for physicians and other health professionals involved in transplantation process, and compare the results between different countries, and between physicians and medical students.

Second phase of the project:
After interpreting the results, we need to organize promotional activities of this project.
This includes lectures, round tables, debates, Workshops and special Donor's Days.
Lectures should be supported by experts in this field, and to be followed by presentation of global trends in organ donorship, which should give this project a true transnational character.
Round tables and debates should be organised in cooperation with other students (law, ethics, theology), and they should provide an interdisciplinary view on organ donorship.

Third phase of the project:
After two years of project activities, we should conduct a feedback survey among the same participants as were in the first phase survey. After analysing that results, we shall try to find out how much have we achieved by runing this project.
Final comments and follow-up Every NMO interested in participation needs to sign the project application and the AF for transnational projects; for these acquiring these forms, contact the project coordinator.
Last update of data (GMT) 16/01/2009