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Thank you for your support and participation during a very busy June!
In addition to being an important month for recognition and reflection, June 2021 was host to a number of key OTDT meetings and forums. We thank you for your participation ensuring successful events and initiatives, important knowledge sharing and critical collaboration.
June 16 - The Public Education & Awareness Committee (PEAC) held its third Community Forum bringing together an expanded membership including representatives from national advocacy organizations, patient and donor family partners, in addition to core representatives from organ donation organizations.
June 21 & 23 - An Organ and Tissue Donation after Medical Assistance in Dying: Guidance for Policy Updates Forum was held. Given the recent legislative changes to MAID in Canada, an opportunity to review and assess implications to organ donation and update existing guidance.
June 25 -Diversity Equity and Inclusion Initiatives in Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation: A Knowledge Exchange Event - Investigators both involved in and interested in initiatives specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion in organ and tissue donation and transplantation came together for a opportunity to connect. The event was a great success thanks to the many inspiring presenters who participated and shared their work. We look forward to organizing future knowledge exchange events and opportunities for continued networking and collaboration in this space.
This National Indigenous History Month, as we learned about the lived experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and reflected on their contributions to society, we are mindful that actions are necessary to remove barriers, develop equitable opportunities and foster inclusive spaces. This is needed not only during the month of June, but year-round.
We reflect on our country’s actions, the impact of colonization policies on the state of Indigenous health and the role we all must play in reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.
National Indigenous Peoples Dayon June 21 was an opportunity to reflect on the history and lived realities of Indigenous peoples, including the devastating impact of residential "schools". To contribute to our learning, Canadian Blood Services invited Indigenous people connected to Canada’s Lifeline to share how their backgrounds shape their lives and their work, and why this National Indigenous Peoples Day is especially important to mark. Read more here and here.
Organ Donation and Transplantation 2030: Meeting the Need
The NHS in the U.K. has set out a ten-year vision for organ donation and transplantation in the U.K. The recently published strategy document outlines key areas that need to be addressed as the U.K. continues to save and improve more lives through organ donation and transplantation after 2020. It also sets out the actions to support and maximize the potential for living donation, as well as focusing on areas for research and innovation. Read the full strategy document.
OTDT in the news...
Third-dose COVID-19 vaccine studies give organ transplant recipients hope
Segev’s study is the first to report outcomes after a third dose of vaccine, and it’s part of a broader discussion about whether and when to offer extra doses to vulnerable individuals.
Via AAAS | Science, Via Toronto Star
Canada's largest transplant centre slowly marches toward normal
Pandemic led to heightened anxiety, stress for those already dealing with the wait for life-saving surgery Via CBC News
Nurse goes the extra mile to save a life – by donating one of her own kidneys
Kirby Pickard came across a kidney donor outreach pamphlet while on shift one day at VGH back in 2015. The quick second glance that caught her eye, ended up saving the life of Monika Colmorgen. Read the full story via BC Transplant
Fewer than 3% of Nova Scotians have opted out of being organ donors
Dr. Stephen Beed, medical director of Nova Scotia's organ and tissue donation program, Legacy of Life reports on the deemed consent program progress since its launch in January. Read the article on CBC News.
September 13-17: Save the date forUHN's second annual Living Donation Week