Dear Members of HKST,

 

It is my great honor to be elected as President of the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation in 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our predecessors and Council members for helping the Society to thrive. 


This is a special year for everyone, including the transplant society. I wish to highlight three important themes.

 

 

Reaching out to Public to promote organ donation

 

1.Social media

The year 2019 marks a new page in our Society, when we try to reach out to more in the community. With the challenge to reach out to the public, the Hong Kong Society of Transplantation has launched a Page at Facebook since July 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/香港移植學會-Hong-Kong-Society-of-Transplantation-674573053014758/

 

The world is facing the biggest challenge to meet in person with social distancing, not to mention the rising platform of social media as an important means for communication. The educational and promotion materials have been uploaded regularly, thanks to our Council Members Dr. Gordon Chan and Dr. Jeremy Teoh. Please like our Page and invite more to visit our Page. As an estimate, the Facebook Page has reached more than 130 persons each month, and we wish to increase the audience. 

Since this Page is open to public, we have also received enquiry from secondary school students on relevant topic of organ donation. We have harnessed this resource to raise community awareness on the topic of organ donation and ethics; we thank our Council Members for their timely response and reply to the enquiry.  

 

2.Television 

In addition to the social media, we also featured in other means to achieve a better dissemination of information. For the waitlisted patients who need to suffer because of the lack of organ donation, we have helped the television TVB to give a featured program on their journey. On 19 July, the program narrated stories of patients requiring heart, liver and kidney transplant.

The title of the program is 星期日檔案: 等一個奇蹟.

Please follow this link to watch the program:

 

http://news.tvb.com/programmes/sundayreport/5f13d6ec335d19a724be013d

 

3.Radio

In collaboration with the Hong Kong Transplant Sports Association, we have helped to participate in the Radio Television of Hong Kong RTHK radio education program, under the Community Involvement Broadcasting Service CIBS. It is a series of radio program to delineate the achievement of organ transplant in Hong Kong (including cornea, bone marrow, kidney, liver, heart, lung transplantation). Special guests including Dr. Leong Che Hung, Rita Fan Tsui Lai-tai, Prof. Sophia Chan were invited, together with organ recipients and Council members of our Society participate in the radio program production and recording. 

The title of the program is 移植「辛」突破.

If you want to listen to the seven programs in this series, please visit the link.

 

 

Organ donation during COVID-19 outbreak

 

With the recent disease local and global outbreak, we are watching how the situation of SARS-CoV-2 keeps changing daily. 

 

 

For kidney transplantation, living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) has been suspended in Hong Kong since mid-February 2020. Deceased donor kidney transplant (DDKT) continues and we have a total of 12 DDKT between January to March 2020. One of the kidney transplant recipients was infected with COVID-19 on the Diamond Princess Cruise. She responded to lopinavir/ritonavir monotherapy; viral clearance was achieved despite continuation of immunosuppressant. Lopinavir/ritonavir is an inhibitor of CYP3A and, as expected, drug interaction with calcineurin inhibitor was observed. 

 

Because of the low deceased donor donation rate, only 2 heart transplantation and 2 lung transplantations had been performed since January 2020.

 

To keep the safety of members and speakers in mind, we have decided to postpone our Hong Kong Society of Transplantation AGM and ASM from April to 30 August 2020. We will keep you posted. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.



KM Chow

President, Hong Kong Society of Transplantation