BTS Award for Organ Donation

In memoriam of Joachim Deroey

Why BTS donation awards?

Thanks to the action of associations promoting organ donation, several hundred patients on the waiting list are transplanted annually in Belgium. Consequently, our country is ranked among the European leaders in organ donation.

The BTS recognizes the importance of the work carried out by these associations and wishes to thank them publicly by an award during the BTS Annual Meeting.

How the recipient of the BTS Award for Organ Donation is designated

  • Award given annually by the BTS and the Belgium Section of the Transplant Coordinators to an individual or an association in recognition of his work to promote organ donation.
  • Candidates: professionals, non-professional, medical, paramedical, health care sector, other sector, donor family association, transplant recipients association, etc..
  • Candidates proposed by the members of the Belgium Section of the Transplant Coordinators and the members of the board of the BTS.
  • Final candidates elected in consensus. If necessary, vote by the delegates of the Belgium Section of the Transplant Coordinators and the BTS board members.
  • Proposal and selection of candidates occurs during the september / october meetings of the BTS and the Section of the Transplant Coordinators
  • Presidents of the Belgium Section of the Transplant Coordinators and the BTS officialy inform the recipient of the award.
  • Award delivered during the yearly general assembly by the presidents of the BTS and the Belgium Section of the Transplant Coordinators.
  • Financial award of 500-1000 Euros
  • Symbolic piece of art: scultpture, painting..
  • Award recipients announced on the BTS website after  the yearly meeting

2024 award winner

Dr. A. Vanmarcke

Past award winners


A first prize was awarded to the Belgian Transplant Coordinators Section. The coordinators have carried out a real pioneering work in the organization of the transplantation in our country. They do an outstanding job promoting organ donation. Thanks to the links established between the transplant centers and thanks to the collaboration with the partner hospitals, they have helped to make Belgium a European leader in organ transplantation.

A second prize was a warded to Eurotransplant on the occasion of its 50th Anniversary. Created in 1967, the Eurotransplant International Foundation is constantly working on improving organ allocation and cross-border exchange of deceased-donors organs. Eurotransplant helps coordinate work in the transplant centers, with the goal of efficiently allocating and distributing donated organs. The group also promotes research into transplantation and seeks to raise public awareness of the benefits of donation.


The first went to “HALO“. HALO association is a support group for heart / lung and lung transplant patients. The support group is intended for patients who are waiting or have undergone a heart / lung or lung transplantation, and to their relatives. It includes emotional support, information, defense of members, services to family and friends and social activities.

The second Award was given to “Chaîne de Vies“. “Chaîne de Vies” was created by Claudine and Thierry Kremer who spontaneously donated the organs of their deceased son in the killing of the Place Saint-Lambert in Liège during December 2011. Since then, this association informs the general public and promotes organ donation.