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,
Asian Society of Transplantation

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