Balkan Initiative in Deceased Donation Meeting, ­Skopje, Macedonia

TTS and the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) in collaboration with the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) and the European Transplant Coordinators Organization (ETCO) will convene a meeting of stakeholders from the Southeast Region of Europe on May 27th to May 28th, 2011, in Skopje, Macedonia to address the organ donation and transplantation needs of each country within that geographical region. Representatives from each of the following countries or jurisdictions are invited: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The objective is to bring together representatives from the Ministries of Health and Professional Organizations for an exchange of information and experience amongst these countries of the Southeast Europe Region. The hope is to foster a new vision for deceased organ donation and transplantation, translated into shared national objectives.

The project is supported by the collaboration of the WHO with Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT), and the consultation of the Council of Europe through the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Health care (EDQM), the European Commission and the South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN). This project is intended to be contributory to initiatives that are already underway for example through SEEHN and the Council of Europe. The collaboration with the SEEHN Network is being done under the auspices of the Regional Health Development Center of Croatia and the leadership of Dr. Mirela Busic. An initial meeting of Ministry representatives took place in Zagreb in February.