The vision: The end of corneal blindness. With the help of sustainable patient care that is selfsustaining from within the country.
Until now, corneal transplants in Africa have mostly come from countries such as the USA, and occasionally also from Germany. Wealthy African patients even travel abroad for a transplant due to a lack of expertise and transplants. Again and again, however, doctors are supported with corneal transplants during voluntary aid missions in Africa – just a drop in the bucket. Therefore, we must think about tomorrow today: Only the establishment of a long-term self-sustaining program for donation, processing and transplantation of corneas opens up independence for affected countries. Therefore, we strive to establish a platform that brings together those seeking help as well as supporters and experts from all over the world: to create an open space that allows knowledge transfer, hands-on help and reliable networking.
WUTBA Round Table – 13th November 2022, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
It will start with an exchange meeting at this year’s annual meeting of the South African Tissue Bank Association (SATiBA) – organized by the World Union of Tissue Banking Associations (WUTBA) together with the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations (GAEBA) and the German Society for Tissue Transplantation (DGFG). The aim is to share knowledge and experience in setting up donation programs and tissue banks by organizations worldwide, to bring together local experts from Africa, to bundle synergies and to raise awareness of society, politics, and other
multipliers on the topic of tissue donation.