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In Algeria, taboos and law deter organ donors

In Algeria, taboos and law deter organ donors | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

More than 22,000 people in Algeria suffer from renal conditions and are forced to undergo dialysis, according to the ministry of health.


However a combination of strict laws pertaining to living organ donation and widespread misconceptions about deceased donation in the community, are leading to a low rate of organ donation. This is acting as a significant barrier to the numbers of patients who are able to undergo organ transplantation.


Head of the Batna hospital nephrology department Dr Ahmed Bougroura (pictured above) describes the harsh reality facing dialysis patients in Algeria and why change is required in order to increase the rates of organ donation.


For a short video posted online via the AFP news agency click on the following link-

https://youtu.be/TKhxAa4FZRI




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An important article on the challenges within Algeria with respect to delivering renal replacement therapy in the setting of low organ donation rates.
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Capacity Building for Hospital Staff Pays Off with First Kidney Transplant in Afghanistan

Capacity Building for Hospital Staff Pays Off with First Kidney Transplant in Afghanistan | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Doctors at a hospital in Herat city have carried out the country’s first kidney transplant after a programme for the training of healthcare workers in the diagnosis and treatment of renal disease was successfully implemented.


Up to now patients in Afghanistan with chronic kidney disease needed to travel to other countries in order to be able to undergo a kidney transplant. In addition they were faced with significant financial costs which were a major barrier for many individuals and their families.



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An important development within Afghanistan which hopefully can be sustained.
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Organ donation infographic & event - BAME communities

Organ donation infographic & event - BAME communities | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

As a result of outreach activities held in the United Kingdom the data that have been obtained have been analysed and converted into an infographic.

 

This organ donation infographic summarises the key insights for theawareness and support for organ donation amongst Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

 

For more information, click on the banner headline.

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Interesting data from the United Kingdom on the levels of knowledge and awareness in the BAME communities

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Evidence-based medicine and values-based medicine: partners in clinical education as well as in clinical practice

Evidence-based medicine and values-based medicine: partners in clinical education as well as in clinical practice | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The best clinical decisions are based on both evidence and values in what is known as the 'two-feet principle.

 

This accompanying article outline how important it is to educate medical students (and health care workers) on values in addition to evidence based medicine, as sound decisions are based on information and knowledge sourced via both avenues 

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Essential reading for healthcare workers interested in education, information streaming and knowledge management

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Adolescent classroom education on knowledge and attitudes about deceased organ donation: A systematic review - Li - 2013 - Pediatric Transplantation - Wiley Online Library

Adolescent classroom education on knowledge and attitudes about deceased organ donation: A systematic review - Li - 2013 - Pediatric Transplantation - Wiley Online Library | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
An excellent systematic review on adolescent education and organ donation. http://t.co/riAUB5qbWC
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Education works. This article will be of interest to anyone involved in delivering education programmes on organ donation in schools

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John Oliver targets dialysis, a procedure that’s exhausting, deadly, and very profitable in the United States

John Oliver targets dialysis, a procedure that’s exhausting, deadly, and very profitable in the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

If you understand what is happening in some parts of the United States with patients who are undergoing dialysis then there is the opportunity for steps to be taken to improve the situation.


This includes the patients on dialysis understanding that their treatment options include a kidney transplant. Their family members also need to understand that there are treatment options. In addition members of the wider community can contribute by joining the organ donor registry and also informing their own relatives of this fact. 


The video footage can be viewed via the following link-

https://youtu.be/IDjEtF59Fiw


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Dialysis services are frequently outsourced to companies in the United States. One provider comes in for extra scrutiny via this particular on air late night TV program. The video footage is worth watching.
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Organ donation: Faces at the front line - National - NZ Herald News

Organ donation: Faces at the front line - National - NZ Herald News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Dr Emma Merry an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Physician can still remember how nervous she felt the first time she spoke to a grieving family about the possibility of donating their loved one's organs. 

 

As Dr Merry explains in her interview for this story, there are a number of challenges faced by ICU physicians who are faced with dealing with the relatives of a potential organ donor who is in the ICU.

 

The article also delves into what are some of the possible contributory factors behind the relatively low rates of organ donation within New Zealand compared to many other Western countries.

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Sound account from an ICU physician of the challenges that they face when dealing with a prospective organ donor. 

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PKM and Corporate Memory - a dichotomy?

The presentation looks specifically at the changing nature of organisations and the emergent power of networks and networking. Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is a competence we must all learn in order to remain relevant to our organisation. But who ultimately “owns” the ‘corporate’ knowledge that we gather through the workplace networks we nurture and sustain, and do the organisations we work for even recognise the importance of these networks as places for continual learning, knowledge sharing and incubators for innovation?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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New teaching resources: organ and tissue donation | Nuffield Council on Bioethics

New teaching resources: organ and tissue donation | Nuffield Council on Bioethics | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Link to the new downloadable Nuffield KS4 teaching resources: organ and tissue donation http://t.co/F5J96gTcMq

 

Of note the information is intended for the United Kingdom context.

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May be of interest to educators and other members of the community who are called upon to provide information on this topic

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Reimagine the Concept of Education

Reimagine the Concept of Education | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This article highlights a new conceptual approach to education. What Mitra's work shows us that (even in the most unpromising settings and with a shoestring budget) education, like the Web itself, can be "a self-organizing system, where learning is an emergent phenomenon."

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This is a pivotal shift in thinking and provides the reader with some important insights as to where education and learning may be heading

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