International cooperation is also an essential prerequisite in supporting other countries to establish local care structures in the field of tissue donation. Since summer 2021, the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), as a service provider of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has been financially supporting a DGFG project with the cornea bank at Dr Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital (SCEH) in Delhi, India. The aim is to expand the regional and technical infrastructure of the cornea bank in order to increase the number of cornea donations as well as the efficiency of data management. For this purpose, the partners want to establish two new locations under the central management in Delhi, where corneal donation can be organised and realised. Furthermore, the project team is developing a concept for an electronic data management system that is adapted to the processes of the SCEH. Under the aspect “Growing together in diversity”, both partners benefit from the professional cooperation as well as from the intercultural exchange.
On 13 November 2022, an exchange meeting to promote tissue donation in sub-Saharan Africa was held for the first time in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, as part of the SATiBA Conference, a meeting of the South African Tissue Bank Association (SATiBA). This meeting was organised by the German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG) with the support of SATiBA, the World Union of Tissue Banking Associations (WUTBA) and the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations (GAEBA). The goal: to bring together experts and interested parties on the topic of tissue donation and the establishment of donation programmes, to exchange experiences and to bundle synergies.