On January 7th, 2020, the ODISSeA Postgraduate Programme on Organ Donation has started with 304 participants from Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand.
The ODISSeA Postgraduate Programme comes from the need for a specialized
education that builds adequate knowledge, skills and attitude in organ donation
to improve the number of specialists that can efficiently coordinate the
process of organ donation in these Southeast Asian countries.
During the next 9 months, the participants will be trained through a multilevel
blended methodology, where competencies are built progressively and transferred
from the academic environment to the clinical setting. The variety of
educational strategies employed such as microlearning capsules, webinars,
online modules, local seminars, on-the-job improvement projects, awareness
events and international assessment seminars, as well as the multilevel
approach from basic to advanced will ensure a better penetration of what is
being learned. Participants are supported throughout their learning journey by
international experts in the field as well as local faculty, who previously
completed the ODISSeA Train the Trainers programme.
These participants will be the first generation to complete the ODISSeA Postgraduate Programme in Organ Donation certified and, equivalent to 30 ECTS.
A total of 304 trainees from Malaysia,
Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand have been selected to participate in the
Postgraduate Programme in Organ Donation (PPOD), to be launched on January 7th, 2020. Local orientation
sessions were organised to provide information on ODISSeA and PPOD, programme
structure and contents, benefits and requirements, as well as tasks to be
The number of trainees
registered has exceeded the initially estimated 35 trainees/SeA partner
The target groups includes physicians and senior
nurses, mainly healthcare staff from Intensive Care Units (ICU) and
anaesthesiology, organ donor/transplant coordination, emergency and stroke
units, neurology and neurosurgery, general surgery and nephrology. The trainees
who joined the PPOD will improve their competencies in organ donation through a
multilevel blended approach that allows direct transfer of competencies
acquired in their daily clinical practice.
ODISSeA Project was by presented by Dr Jun Kit Koong,
from University of Malaya (Malaysia) during the 4th
China-International Organ Donation Conference (CIODC) & the Belt & Road
Symposium on Organ Donation Development and International Cooperation that
took place in Kunming (China) from December 7th to 8th,
The events’ focus was to share experiences and debate about leadership, management, quality and innovation in organ donation, with representatives from China, the Belt and Road region, and other countries.
The 15th Congress of the International Society for
Organ Donation and Procurement – ISODP was held in Dubai (UAE) between November
14th-16th, 2019. This Congress has the objective to help
promote and develop organ and tissue donation and procurement at international
Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang, from Ateneo de Davao University (Davao, Philippines) presented the aim and results obtained so far in the project, on behalf of ODISSeA Consortium.
The Postgraduate Programme in Organ Donation (PPOD) instructional design has been initiated based on the curriculum approved by all the Consortium partners and validated by potential PPOD participants, to boost learner empowerment during the preparation phase. Learn more.
The curriculum considers the latest trends in medical education and adult-learning.
The PPOD employs an innovative multilevel blended approach, introducing the
topics progressively, from awareness to high levels. The PPOD also considers
national and regional healthcare systems in each SeA country; the organ donation and
transplantation system in the country; local legislation, policies,
recommendations and regulations with reference to organ donation as well as
ethical, cultural and religious aspects impacting organ donation.
During the instructional design phase, the project teams, educational
specialists and local trainers have developed all the PPOD activities, contents
and resources. Moreover, a learner-centred virtual environment has been created
for all the PPOD components. Efficient communication and workflows have been
developed, together with guidelines and specific requirements.
The PPOD starts in January 2020 and will correspond to 750 study hours (or 30 ECTS).
The ODISSeA Train the Trainers Face-to-face course for
the faculty from Thailand has taken place during the month of October in Davao
(Philippines) and Barcelona (Spain).
The “Train the Trainers” is a blended training program, including an online and a face-to-face course from September 2nd to December 22nd. The aim of this phase is to prepare the 10 professionals from Thailand who will be responsible for implementing the Postgraduate Program in their institutions. This “Train the Trainers” edition for the faculty from Thailand is organized following the previous “Train the Trainers” face-to-face course that took place in May for the faculty from Malaysia, Myanmar and Philippines. A total of 40 faculty from the 8 Southeast Asian universities partner in the project will have been trained before the end of the year.
The face-to-face course for Thai faculty has taken place in Davao, together with the Intermediate Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management, and also in Barcelona, together with the Advanced International Training Course in Transplant Procurement Management. During the duration of the course, the participants were able to improve their knowledge on organ donation, by reinforcing their experience and contents acquired in the online course, as well as to learn how to transfer this knowledge as trainers. Upon their return, they will become the faculty to a total of 280 students that will enroll the Postgraduate Programme in the next few months.
The Postgraduate Program in Organ Donation will start in January 2020. Upon its completion, in September 2020, 35 participants from each SeA university become healthcare professionals trained in the organ donation process, with knowledge, skills and competences that they will be able to apply in their daily activities.
The XXV Latin American and Caribbean Transplant
Congress (STALYC) held from October 23rd to 26th, 2019 in
Mérida (Mexico) gathered healthcare professionals from Latin America and the
Caribbean, as the most important scientific event in the region in the field of donation
ODISSeA project has been presented by Dr. María Paula Gómez, Executive Director at DTI Foundation, mentioning the project’s objectives and outcomes as an example of higher education training in organ donation and international cooperation between Europe and Southeast Asia.
The Congress of the Asian Society of
Transplantation (CAST) 2019 has been held in New Delhi (India) between
September 29th and October 2nd, 2019, with around 2500
delegates expected from all around Asia and Middle East.
ODISSeA project has been presented by Dr.
María Paula Gómez, Executive Director at DTI Foundation in front of the
audience, as an example of an innovative regional and European initiative aimed
at increasing knowledge and competences in organ donation among healthcare
professionals from Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines and Thailand.
Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang, project manager from Ateneo de Davao University also mentioned ODISSeA project in her oral presentation about organ donation in the Southern Philippines Medical Centre.
Copenhagen hosted the 19th Congress of the European Society for Organ Transplantation – ESOT from 15th – 18th September 2019.
Dr. Martí Manyalich, project director, presented ODISSeA as an innovative and successful EU-Funded project, aiming at improving education and training in organ donation among Southeast Asian healthcare professionals, and promoting cooperation between both regions.