In coordination with the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the Ateneo de Davao Academy of Lifelong Learning (ADD-ALL) recently completed the second run of the Organ Donation Innovative Strategies for Southeast Asia (ODISSEA), a program that aims to promote organ donation awareness among medical professionals.

Originally an externally funded project of the European Union headed by the University of Barcelona, the ADD-ALL was successfully able to implement the first run in 2020, with over 30 participants. The Ateneo de Davao University is one of only two universities from the Philippines who were granted the opportunity to facilitate the program, the other being the University of Santo T omas.

Now, the ADD-ALL has taken it on as its own project, lodging it as an exclusive course under its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) track. The current batch has over 40 participants from different hospitals and medical institutions in Mindanao, a significant number of which are from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). Completers from the first batch served as their instructors, led by Dr. Maria Theresa Bad-ang of SPMC.

Despite this being the second run, it is the first face-to-face implementation of the program. Aside from attending the lectures and accomplishing the online activities, the participants were given an avenue to practice real-world application of their lessons on Brain Death Diagnosis, Donor Detection System, Donor Management and Organ Viability, and Family Approach for Organ Donation through ICU simulations and workshops.

Both batches will reunite this coming April 24-25, 2023, for the final assessment and graduation. Representatives from the European Union and the University of Barcelona are expected.

Article and Photos by the Ateneo de Davao Academy of Lifelong Learning (ADD-ALL)