Medical Education


  • ORGAN PROCUREMENT SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMME:
    ODF works closely with transplant coordinators throughout the country who coordinate and arrange Organ Procurement Skills (OPS) workshops. The objective of this initiative is to educate medical professionals to detect, identify and evaluate potential organ and tissue donors with the end result being to increase the number and quality of organs / tissue available for procurement and transplantation.

    The training comprises lectures from expert professionals on transplantation of solid organs and tissue in adults and children. The practical component includes: donor detection, diagnosis of brainstem death, donor management, organ viability, family consent and legalities, and organ and tissue harvesting.

  • EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIPS/VISITS:
    One of the major issues that directly impact’s the success of organ and tissue transplantation is a lack of knowledge and understanding of donor identification, organ / tissue procurement and management within the medical community. As a result, many hospitals in outlying areas are not affiliated to a transplant centre and may not know where to refer potential donors; nor do they have the necessary skills or knowledge to identify and manage potential donors. It is crucial that medical professionals in these hospitals become passionate about organ / tissue donation as the lack of knowledge and understanding has a direct bearing on the number of referrals made.

    ODF, with the kind assistance of sponsors, facilitates the funding, where possible, for these educational visits to various regions in outlying areas. Top professionals in the field of transplantation present informative lectures on organ and tissue transplantation.

  • RED INFORMATION FILES:
    With the aid of sponsorship, ODF produces and distributes organ donor information files to intensive care and trauma units in hospitals countrywide. These files are vital references as it provides essential guidelines for medical staff.

If your hospital is interested in training, please contact the Organ Donor Foundation on our Toll Free line: 0800 22 66 11 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO IN THE EVENT OF MY LOVED ONES DEATH?

Please contact the Organ Donor Foundation on:
0800 22 66 11 Toll Free line DURING OFFICE HOURS, or
082 318 4376 Emergency line AFTER HOURS.

An Organ Donor Foundation staff member will ask you to provide the following details:

  • Name of your loved one
  • Cause of death
  • Time of death
  • Age of your loved one
  • Is your loved one at a hospital or at a mortuary or undertaker?
  • The area where your loved one is situated
  • Your name, contact number and relation to the deceased

They will thereafter pass on the information provided to the nearest transplant centre or tissue bank.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: SOLID ORGANS such as the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas can only be donated if your loved one has been diagnosed with brain death and is on a ventilator in a hospital. In this case, upon receiving your call, the Organ Donor Foundation will pass on the information to the nearest transplant centre and soon thereafter a transplant coordinator will contact you.

TISSUE such as bone, skin, corneas and heart valves may be used if your loved one is either on a ventilator or has already passed away and their body is at the mortuary or undertakers. In this case, a representative from the Tissue Banks or Eye Bank will be in touch with you.

THE ORGAN DONOR FOUNDATION IS NOT A MEDICAL ORGANISATION AND OFFERS THE ABOVE SERVICE TO ASSIST WITH ORGAN AND TISSUE REFERRALS ONLY. OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE NOT TRAINED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS.

Thank you for taking this step to ensure your loved ones wishes are honored during such a traumatic time.


NPO / PBO Numbers 003-458 NPO PBO: 18/11/13/4
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