Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation 
October 2021 - Newsletter Digest
This monthly digest is an opportunity to reflect on and acknowledge our collective efforts to improve the OTDT system for the benefit of all Canadians. Please share with your colleagues and invite them to subscribe. You may unsubscribe at anytime. Send contributions, comments and suggestions to

New Organs & Tissues for Life Education Portal (K-12) is now live!

We are on a mission to get teachers, students and families talking about organ donation. Knowledge is key to addressing young people’s concerns about organ and tissue donation. It can help them feel empowered to talk about donation with their families and equip them to make informed choices in the future. Teach it. Learn it. Talk about it. It's vitally important...

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We're excited to announce the Organs & Tissues For Life Education Portal went live today! Discover the impact of organ and tissue donation through easily accessible age-appropriate learning resources for educators, parents and students (K-12), including teacher and parent resources for grades K-5 from the Orgamites.

The portal and resources are available in English and French.
To support outreach to educators and advocates we've created a number of tools and promotional materials that you can use. Get in touch to access these materials, customize for your audience and/or add your logo... Contact us at 

Responding to COVID-19

New publication: The COVID‑19 pandemic and organ donation and transplantation: ethical issues

Recently published in the BMC Medical Ethics journal. Canadian Blood Services conducted this literature review to summarize the ethical issues as part of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Recommendations project. The aim of the publication is to inform future ethical guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other public health emergencies of international concern.
Thank you!!
On Oct. 21 and 28, the Optimizing Utilization of Deceased Donor Kidneys Virtual Forum was held. The Forum brought organ donation and transplantation experts together to discuss how to ensure every transplantable kidney is utilized. We're grateful to all who attended this two-day virtual forum, sharing expertise and thoughtful discussion. Recommendations will be formalized by the Steering Committee over the next few months. We look forward to continued collaboration to prepare the final outputs for publication. 

Last chance to participate! Help improve the transplant experience in Canada

Improving Engagement and Empowering Patients on their Transplant Journey is a qualitative research project designed to explore the patient-lived experience of organ donation and transplantation (ODT) in Canada. This project is looking for survey participants. Please encourage the candidates, recipients and caregivers in your networks to consider participating. Recruitment posters are available in French and English 
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Upcoming events

The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), in cooperation with the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative and the Canadian Society of Transplantation, is pleased to announce the second edition of the Patient, Family and Donor Research Forum on November 4-5, 2021. It's only a week away, and we encourage the community to share this event with their networks. To find out more about the event, or to help promote it, view the communication kit.  Available in both English and French 
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On the horizon:

OTDT in the news...

Canadian Blood Services' Annual Report 2020-2021  

For Canadian Blood Services, the narrative of the 2020– 2021 report is inevitably framed by our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which emerged as a global threat during the final weeks of the previous fiscal year. Our last annual report detailed the steps we had taken to protect patients, donors, employees, volunteers and health system partners from the coronavirus. In the 12 months since, we’ve further strengthened these measures while continuing to adapt and refine our work processes, quality protocols and supply chain controls. This report outlines the perspective we’ve brought to the achievements of the past year, as we look beyond our immediate response to the COVID-19 emergency to consider its longer-term significance.
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