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Launch of the TTOTF
Sunday, March 28, 2010

Port of Spain, March 28, 2010:  

Senator the Honourable Jerry Narace Minister of Health hosted the Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Organ Transplant Foundation (TTOTF) at the Ministry of Health’s Head Office on March 26, 2010.  Those present at the meeting included the President of the Foundation, Mr. Daniel Lambert and Dr Lesley Ann Roberts, Director National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU).  The meeting was held to facilitate the launch of TTOTF via the presentation of TTOTF’s February 2010 articles of incorporation and business plan to the Minister of Health. 

TTOTF is a private, non-profit organization with the primary goal of promoting and supporting organ transplantation in Trinidad and Tobago to ensure that every person in Trinidad and Tobago understands the need for organ and tissue donation, and accepts donation as a fundamental human responsibility.  The Ministry of Health’s National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) is the body mandated to perform transplants in Trinidad and Tobago.  The organ and tissue that the NOTU transplants are the kidney and cornea respectively.  TTOTF will support NOTU by promoting NOTU via fund-raising and promotional initiatives to increase the supply of donated organs.  This will allow NOTU to remain focused and efficient in meeting the new and evolving challenges of the professionals in the transplant community, as well as the many patients and families who need organ transplants.  TTOTF will establish avenues at both the community and national level for people to become aware of how to become an organ donor and to come forward to become donors. 

 

Persons wishing to become organ donors can contact the NOTU at 645-2640 ext 2580 or visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.health.gov.tt to sign a donor card to become a member of the registered donors.

 

Minister Narace congratulated TTOTF on the work being done and noted the transplantation process is a necessary intervention to assist those persons with advanced medical conditions such as renal failure.  Minister Narace reiterated the Ministry of Health is committed to working with the TTOTF to support the work of the TTOTF to get the kind of results desired.  Minister Narace reminded all present that a critical strategy of the Ministry of Health is to partner with non-governmental organizations to effect continuous positive change in the public health sector.

See additional information below on the National Organ Transplant Unit and the Trinidad and Tobago Organ Transplant Foundation:



L-R Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Malcolm Jones, Daniel Lambert, Health Minister Jerry Narace, Permanent Secretary Sandra P. Jones, Parliamentary Secretary Wesley George


L-R Malcom Jones, Parliament Secretary Wesley George, Daniel Lambert, Health Minister Jerry Narace, Permanent Secretary Sandra P. Jones


L-R Malcom Jones, Dr Lesley Roberts, Jennifer Baptiste Primus, Daniel Lambert, Permanent Secretary Sandra P. Jones, Nabbie Khan, Franka Maharaj, Marva Robley


Dr Lesley Roberts Director NOTU chats with Mr Daniel Lambert President TTOTF


 

NATIONAL ORGAN TRANSPLANT UNIT (NOTU)

Transplantation in Trinidad and Tobago was legalized in 2000 when the Human Tissue Transplant Act 2000 was passed in the Parliament. The Act allowed for the removal of organs and tissues in Trinidad and Tobago for the purpose of transplantation. The legislative framework was completed in 2004 with the passing of the regulations for the Act of 2000.  Following the passage of the Act, the NOTU was established within the Ministry of Health via Cabinet Note of 2004 and staffed in 2006.

The National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) is the body mandated to perform transplants in Trinidad and Tobago.  The organ and tissue that the NOTU transplants are the kidney and cornea respectively.  However, until an Eye Bank is established, corneal grafts have to be imported from the U.S.A. and this does not make this operation readily available to everyone.  Since inception, the NOTU has performed fifty-nine (59) kidney transplants.  In forty percent (40%) of the cases, the donors were either related or friends of the recipient.  There are presently one hundred and sixty-nine (169) registered donors. The Trinidad and Tobago Organ Transplant Foundation (TTOTF) will work with NOTU to establish an active and successful deceased transplant programme.

Persons wishing to become organ donors can contact the NOTU at 645-2640 ext 2580 or visit the Ministry of Health’s website at www.health.gov.tt to sign a donor card to become a member of the registered donors.

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ORGAN TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION (TTOTF)

TTOTF is a private, non-profit organization with a primary goal of promoting and supporting organ transplantation in Trinidad and Tobago to increase the willingness of citizens to donate organs and thus increase the number of beneficiaries of transplants.  The TTOTF is the fundraising and donation promotion partner of National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) to allow NOTU to remain focused and efficient in meeting the new and evolving challenges of the professionals in the transplant community, as well as the many patients and families who need organ transplants.

The TTOTF Directors are:

  • President - Daniel Lambert
  • Vice President - Malcolm Jones
  • Secretary - Marva Robley
  • Treasurer - Jennifer Baptiste-Primus
  • Director - Nabbie Khan
  • Director - Franka Maharaj
  • Director - Lesley Ann Roberts

 






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