SAVE THE DATE: SATiBA Congress in November 2022

SATIBA Congress

The 29th Sats & 6th SATiBA Congress will be held at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies (STIAS) from November 11-13, 2022.

This picturesque venue is located in the vibrant town of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, surrounded by world-famous vineyards and nestled in the mountainous landscape. DGFG is participating in this event with two program items: The African Roundtable and the Donor Management Workshop.

Cornea Donation in Africa

WUTBA Round Table Discussion

Individuals, national and global players in tissue medicine will meet aiming to promote corneal donation in Africa, by:

  • international networking and exchange
  • creating synergies
  • presenting potentials based on current situation of tissue donation and transplantation landscape in sub-Sahara African countries
  • sharing global development visions
  • practical assistance in eye bank development

Donor Management Workshop

presented by DGFG & SATiBA

The workshop will deal with all matters from potential donor detection through consent and evaluation to tissue recovery with focus on:

  • Ressources: coordinatios, hospital staff, mobile procurement teams; time management; onboarding and training
  • Processes: notifications of potential donors, evaluation, (contra)indications; consent management; legal basics
  • Practical aspects: physical donor assesment and recovery processes of cornea, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissue
  • Organization of tissue donation: building networks, cooperation of multi/mono tissue banks; database-based documentation and controlling

Target audience: coordinatos and recovery teams

Fight against corneal blindness in Africa:

Wanted: Sponsors for travel grants supporting professional exchange in Cape Town

The cornea is our window to the world. If it is injured by thorns, fire or chemical burns or if a corneal disease is present, people are at risk of going blind. The only way out is a corneal transplant – a therapy that is almost impossible to achieve for many Africans nowadays. While other diseases can be treated with the help of simpler therapies, medications or glasses, the situation with an injured cornea is much more complex. The reason: You need a tissue transplant, donated from a deceased. Furthermore, a functioning system of collection centers, tissue banks as well as trained personnel for corneal donation, preparation of the transplant as well as surgery, pre- and post-operative care of the patients in the country is needed.

Behind every transplant are people who have agreed to donate tissue after death: a human good that is finite. While in countries like the USA or Germany patients can be provided with a corneal transplant after a certain waiting period, people in Africa without an independent local donation program may wait a lifetime. The result: exclusion, unemployment, lack of education and future prospects.

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.

Support our mission!

To enable as many experts as possible, especially from Africa, to participate in this exchange meeting, we ask for your help: Support us with the financing of so-called Travel Grants in the amount of 1,200€ each.

Take over the sponsorship of participants who have applied for a travel grant and cover their travel, visa and accommodation
costs, meals, and conference fees.

Contact us by e-mail or at 0511 563 559 34.
Contact: Kristin Kleinhoff, DGFG

Kristin Kleinhoff

Kristin Kleinhoff

Public Realtions

0511 563 559 34
0151 414 000 51

Nathalie Sophie Kramer

Nathalie Sophie Kramer

Public Realtions

0511 563 559 355
0170 200 76 00