In 2015, Explore Transplant extended its mission to the international transplant community for the first time, in partnership with the Canadian transplant and dialysis communities, creating education materials specifically for the Ontario transplant and living donation community. The work on this project culminated in 2016 with the delivery of our first international training in Toronto.
In October 2017, an expanded Explore Transplant Ontario was launched as one of the interventions being used within the Access to Kidney Transplantation and Living Donation Strategy, an initiative being sponsored by the Ontario Renal Network (ORN) and the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) for five years.
The need for this education is great. In Ontario alone, there are more than 17,000 patients with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and although patients live longer with a transplant than by remaining on dialysis, only about 1,700 patients in Ontario are on the transplant waiting list.