COVID-19 Update
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sister-center pairings active in 2020 have postponed their activities until 2021. This is because of the travel restrictions in place and shifted priorities for most healthcare organizations.

To accommodate the needs of the active pairs and trios, ISN will grant all active centers an additional year to fulfill their plans. No center will graduate at the end of 2020. Consequently, there will be no new applications accepted in October 2020.

ISN continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and remains committed to its mission of building capacity around the world. Providing support to LMICs remains a key priority. We will continue to adapt our response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves.

The ISN-TTS Sister Transplant Centers Program is a joint partnership set up between ISN and The           Transplantation Society (TTS) to create new kidney transplant centers and develop existing kidney             transplant programs in emerging economies. You can apply to enter the program for the first time or request an upgrade to the next level.

Any two transplant centers can form a partnership if at least one center is from a resource-low country (LIC, LMIC, UMIC as per World Bank List of Economies) and the centers are chaired/run by an ISN or a TTS member. They need to submit a detailed action and budget plan, and a clear description of how the collaboration will develop the services of the emerging center and positively reflect the supporting center.

New sister pairs apply to enter the program at level C. At each level, centers must submit progress reports stating their accomplishments in order to progress within the different stages of the program and acquire more support and benefits. Honorary B Levels are assigned to centers which have failed to upgrade from level B to A. Honorary sister pairs have one extra chance to apply for an upgrade.

Download detailed ISN-TTS STC Program Guidelines.
If you satisfy all the criteria, you can register and create your application.

October 1 each year

For questions about the ISN-TTS STC Program, please contact:

ISN co-Chair: Marcelo Orias, Argentina
TTS co-chair: Dirk Kuypers, Belgium

Aleh Kalachyk, Belarus
Antoine Barbari, Lebanon
Philip O'Connell, Australia
Peter Kerr, Australia


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