Washington, DC, 21 April 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Instituto Nacional Central Único Coordinador de Ablación e Implante (known by its Spanish acronym as INCUCAI), which reports to the Argentine Ministry of Health, was designated a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) collaborating center. The purpose of the designation is to join efforts to benefit access, availability, and quality on transplantation for patients who need it.
Through this appointment, the INCUCAI will contribute with PAHO/WHO in strengthening the capacities of national human cell, tissue and organ transplantation systems in the region, and in developing and strengthening policies, standards and guidelines on donation and transplantation. Also, this strategic alliance seeks to strengthen the information and registration systems for donation and transplantation activity. The Alliance will contribute to transparency and fight against those who illegally traffic and profit from human organ transplantation in countries of the region.
Transplantation of human organs, tissues and cells has a long history in Argentina. Founded in 1977, INCUCAI promotes, regulates, and coordinates the country's donation and transplantation activities. The growing development of donation and transplant activity in the last decades has positioned INCUCAI as a leader in the region.
The designation of the new collaborating center is aligned with the Policy Framework for Human Organ Donation and Transplantation, signed in 2009 by member of the PAHO Directing Council, and the updated WHO Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, approved by the World Health Assembly on May 2010. These principles, propose the strengthening of national capacity to effectively and efficiently address the donation and transplantation of cells, tissues and organs worldwide and in the region.