Photo: Alan Curry presents the yearly €10,000 donation to Prof Emanuel Farrugia in the presence of Nestlé Marketing and Communications Manager Alfred J. Borg (left), Renal Unit Charge Head Nurse Paul Calleja (right) and LifeCyclists
Donations from Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge 2019 are funding the annual expenditure for the current year of the data base programme Traccia at the Renal Unit, Mater Dei Hospital.
This is the third consecutive year that LifeCycle is funding the data base and waiting list management programme of patients active on the Kidney Transplant waiting list. Traccia is based on an algorithm subjected to several requisites which is frequently updated. Blood samples are taken periodically from patients that are active on the kidney waiting list, along with other important information, so that the right match for the renal patient compatible with the kidney donor is achieved.
“This is an advancement in organ transplantation in Malta. Until recent years, the waiting list management was based on the patient’s waiting time. Now that all dynamics are being considered together with tissue typing, Traccia provides the best possible match, irrelevant from the waiting time only approach,” said Prof Emanuel Farrugia, Consultant and Head of the Renal Unit at Mater Dei Hospital.
“Our Nescafé 3in1 LifeCycle Challenge is supported by the generous donations of individuals, businesses and our title sponsor Nescafé 3in1. We fund the running costs of this software programme and we are grateful to learn that a number of patients have received a kidney transplant after their blood composition was compatible with the donated organ,” said LifeCycle Founder Alan Curry.
Donations to LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation can be made by Revolut on 99329101 via sms: 5061 7370 = €2.33; 5061 8920 = €6.99; 5061 9229 = €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 = €10, 5170 2005 = €15; and 5180 2006 = €25. Bank details are Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN number MT 18 VALL 22013000000014814521017, Bank name Bank of Valletta, Account number 14814521017.