Increasing transplantation opportunities in the developing world is a strong priority for the ISN SRC Program. Success in carrying out this life-saving procedure is due to the dynamism of trio and traditional partnership, and the dedication and humanitarian enthusiasm of the clinical teams involved.
Paul Harden, Chair of the ISN SRC Program recently revealed how sister center partnerships have grown between Kaunas- Ghent-Brest and Minsk-Oxford-Saratov – putting strong efforts
into developing more transplant opportunities.
“Trio partnerships between Lithuania and Belarus are working extremely well. Within 18 months, eight clinicians from Brest each spent two weeks in Kaunas including nephrologists,
transplant surgeons and vascular access surgeons. The Minsk-Saratov partnership is also exploring the idea of helping to establish a transplant program,” he explains. “It’s all going well and I hope we can help catalyze similar activity across Russia and other CIS States.” In January, the Minsk team was in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to carry out the first two joint transplants in the country.
Last June, a center in Brest, Belarus set up its second Kidney Transplant Centre. So far, staff at the center has performed nine transplants with one loss. In the capital Minsk, some 150 transplants were performed in 2011, making a record total of 159 in Belarus in 2011 compared to 19 in 2006. Since the Oxford-Minsk partnership started in April 2009, 39 pediatric kidney transplants have been carried out.
In October, Paul Harden joined the first ISN Regional Workshop in Russia/CIS region. This meeting resulted from the combined efforts of the Kaunas-Ghent-Brest and Minsk-Oxford-Saratov SRC Trios. He traveled with ISN GO Chair William Couser and ISN GO Continuous Medical Education Chair Norbert Lameire to promote ISN’s activities and share his knowledge on transplantation.
“The diversity in participants reflected the energy of the CIS Regional Committee, the number of new members from outside the Moscow and St Petersburg circuit and the increasing awareness of what ISN has, and can, contribute to enriching nephrology in the region,” says ISN GO Chair William Couser.
Increasing transplantation opportunities in the developing world is a strong priority for the ISN Global Outreach Sister Renal Center (SRC) Program. Success in carrying out this life-saving procedure is due to the dynamism of trio and traditional partnerships, and the dedication and humanitarian enthusiasm of the clinical teams involved.