The FIIAPP coordinates the activities, in which the Catalan Transplant Organisation, the Transplants Institute and the French Biomedicine Agency will participate.
The new cooperation project, which will be managed by the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policies (FIIAPP), will take place in Moldova. The European Union is providing 1.2 million euros of funding for this work, which is set to begin in December 2013 and will have an implementation period of 24 months.
The FIIAPP, together with France, leads the project, which will also have the participation of the Donation and Transplantation Institute(DTI), the Catalan Transplant Organisation(OCATT) and the French Biomedicine Agency.
The aim is to develop the transplant system of the Moldovan Republic and strengthen its Transplant Agency, creating a new institutional framework which is in line with European regulations, improving quality standards and training the people who work in the Transplant Agency.
In 1982, the first kidney transplant was carried out in Moldova, but this country still does not have a strong, developed system. There are a number of reasons for this: the lack of knowledge among doctors and citizens in general regarding this matter, the scarce political and economic support and the negative image of transplants in the post-Soviet media.
Moldova has around three and a half million inhabitants and it is calculated that some 800 citizens could need a new kidney in 2016. In addition, around 500 people live with liver and heart problems.