Since its creation in 1978, the WTGF works to increase public awareness of the need for organ donation and to promote the success of organ transplant through sport across the world. It also strives to encourage transplant patients to practice physical and sporting activity to restore their quality of life and to support medical research into the benefits of sporting activity following a transplant, by taking part in the Summer and Winter World Games held every two years in one of the 70 member countries, each time on a different continent.
Bringing together up to 1'500 participants, the Games visibly demonstrate the benefits of transplantation through the sporting exploits of transplant participants in full health, having resumed a normal life and perfectly reintegrated in their family and social life.
The WTGF is the only worldwide organisation bringing together representative national associations in each of the 70 member countries.
"We play a unique role, making the federation a legitimate and key spokesperson in debates concerning the challenge of organ donation and transplant in the world"
Olivier Coustere, chairman of the WGTF
The WTGF has a decisive influence in debates and decisions in the field of transplantation and implements the necessary means to respond to any declarations made, or measures adopted on an international scale.
The WTGF would also like to be thought of as a vector of solidarity for advanced countries reaching out to those requiring support, or who have much to learn in terms of organ donation, transplant activity or in requesting funds in their country for example. With its programme "Help our member countries to help themselves", it provides operational communication tools for those members that have neither the means nor the infrastructures in their country.
For more information, please visit the WTGF website here