About Asian Society of Transplantation (AST)

Welcome Messages



It gives me great pleasure to welcome all of you to the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation in Cebu, The Philippines. Organ transplantation is the best treatment for many types of organ failure but today less than 10% of the transplant needs are met by transplantation. Asia faces a dual challenge: on the one hand, organ failure rates are higher in Asia than the rest of the world, especially in relation to kidney failure due to diabetes and liver failure due to Hepatitis B. On the other hand, organ transplant rates in Asia are among the lowest in the world. According to the Global Observatory on Organ Donation and Transplantation, rates of kidney transplantation (the most common organ transplant performed worldwide) in 2015 were 5.1 and 6.9 per million population (pmp) among the South East Asian Region and Western Pacific Region (comprising the Asian countries), in contrast to the 32.9 and 28.9 pmp rates for American and European regions respectively. Hence as a transplant community, we have a long journey to increase access to transplantation to those patients in need while ensuring no harm to those who wish to donate them.
The Congresses of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) are designed to bring to the Asian transplant community an update on the state of the art of the principles and practice of organ donation and transplantation and to provide a forum for sharing best practices and innovations. The Organizing Committee of this 15th CAST has worked hard to put together a rich scientific programme that meets these goals in an exciting yet hospitable and gracious tradition of the Philippines.

Professor A Vathsala Singapore,
President
Asian Society of Transplantation

My warmest greetings to the Transplantation Society of the Philippines (TSP) as it hosts the 15th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation.
Constant improvement of oneʼs capacities is the key to our individual and collective success. Thus, I commend TSP for providing a platform where members can be abreast with the emerging trends and innovations in the field. This convention is the perfect opportunity to touch base on the ethical and legal aspects of transplantation. This ensures that our physicians and surgeons will have the necessary know-how to keep up with global standards.
I likewise laud the organization for its dedication to the enhancement of the clinical practice and to the continuous learning and guidance of its members. I hope that you will maintain this commitment even as you pursue the advancement of tissue and organ donation and transplantation in the country.
May the inputs resulting from this conference translate into solutions that will benefit more people. Together, let us work towards becoming a healthy and prosperous nation. I wish you a successful event and all the best in your future endeavours.

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