In 2013, we started the DoHeCa project. DoHeCa (DOnor HEalth CAre) is an international consortium, comprising several European organisations in the fields of blood, cells, tissues, organs and transplantation. We recognize and support the need for an innovative collaboration in these fields. Together we aim to develop a broadly accessible distance-learning curriculum for all professionals working in these disciplines.
Need for a joint curriculum
Currently, no professional curriculum for donor health care is available. Improvement of competences of health care professionals will increase the quality and safety of both donor care and the donated product. The postgraduate educational programme DoHeCa, combining the fields of blood, cells, tissues and organs, will contribute to more professional and uniform medical donor practices, resulting in overall better donor care. It will improve the pre-selection, definite selection and the post-donation process and will reduce side effects and complications. Moreover, it will have a harmonising effect on quality over the European countries and the different disciplines involved. The distance-learning character will enable a large international target group to participate.
The DoHeCa project receives co-funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Life Long Learning Programme (project number 538986-LLP-1-2013-1-NL-EARSMUS-EQR).