Strengthening national donation and transplantation plans in the Region
In 2018, the ONT, together with PAHO and RCIDT, worked on the construction and subsequent approval of the Strategy and Plan of Action on Donation and Equitable Access to Organ, Tissue, and Cell Transplants (2019–2030). Approved by PAHO Member States, its objective was to strengthen governance, improve information management, increase availability, and secure equitable access to organ, tissue, and cell transplants in the health systems of the countries of the Region.
Since then, progress has been made in strengthening the approach, exchanging experiences, and providing technical advice to Member States. The partnership with the ONT has also made possible the mobilization of resources for the development of regional events in search of strengthening the countries' capacities. International meetings have been held in Cuba and Argentina, along with training in donation and transplantation. This has occurred under different modalities, including the training of experts in donation as part of end-of-life care, and a course on governance of national donation and transplant systems.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, several joint activities have been carried out to guide countries in reactivating and maintaining donation and transplantation services, as well ensuring continued implementation of the strategy and plan of action. This collaboration has been of vital importance, since donation and transplants in Latin America and the Caribbean declined considerably due to the emergency situation, with 2020 donation rates dropping to 2014 levels.
The prestige and leadership of the ONT, regionally and globally, along with its extensive network of partners, make it a strategic partner for PAHO in strengthening national donation systems, thus ensuring equitable, quality access to organ, tissue, and cell transplants in the countries of the Region of the Americas. In addition to possessing the relevant technical expertise and knowledge of the regional and national context, the ONT and PAHO are seeking to expand their areas of collaboration for even greater impact.