MOHAN Impact - India

MOHAN is the largest NGO working in more than eight locations across the globe exclusively to promote deceased organ donation worldwide for the last 18 years and is successful in saving more than 4500 lives through a life-saving organ and has paved a path for deceased organ donation in India.

Deceased organ donation and transplantation was sporadic or almost non-existent in India post 1997. If it had been done, it was limited to one hospital and harvesting of only one organ in majority of cases it was kidney. MOHAN was the first organization to begin promoting deceased organ donation since 1997 and also the first to promulgate a network for organ sharing in India (INOS) in 2000. The efforts of MOHAN have led to the development of an organ donation movement across India and in creating a “feel good” factor among the public on organ donation and has a substantial number of 25,00,000 people that have pledged to donate organs and are distributed the “Donor Card” of MOHAN. Read more on INOS...


Impact through Training – In its effort to build a cohesive system of deceased organ donation and transplantation in India and to prepare the hospitals to develop active transplant programmes through a new genre of healthcare professionals called Transplant Coordinators that would exclusively assist in deceased organ transplants, MOHAN developed the first structured transplant coordinator training program in South East Asia. MOHAN is the most approached organization for transplant coordinator training program and it has so far trained more than 850 coordinators in India as well as SAARC nations. These coordinators trained by MOHAN contribute to more than 80% of the deceased organ donations in India. Read more on Training...


Impact through CME/Seminars/Workshops – In order to sustain the momentum created by MOHAN and to continuously make measures for improvement, it is conducting workshops for the transplant coordinators, CME programs for the medical personnel, and seminars periodically for the hospitals to develop institutional mechanisms to facilitate deceased organ donations. Read more in ISOT Conference...


Impact through Religious Confluences – In order to combat religious, cultural, and social misconceptions on organ donation, MOHAN is the first and foremost organization that has actually done research on the impact of religion over organ donation and has conducted many religious confluences (Sant Sangamas) that has resulted in many prominent religious leaders from Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, Christianity announcing in public that religion has nothing to do with organ donation and in fact organ donation is a pious act that everybody should follow. Read more on Religion & Organ Donation...


Impact through NATCO – National Association of Transplant Coordinators was constituted to provide continuous guidance and assistance to heighten the performance of the coordinator’s ability in a changing medical environment by organizing conferences, workshops and making 24/7 online education available. Read more on Online Courses...


Impact through Help Line – National Organ Donation Toll Free Helpline - 1800-103-7100, first of its kind in India, initiated by MOHAN in six languages (English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam). The objective of the helpline is to provide service by offering information, support, guidance and referral for all those concerned with any aspect of organ donation and transplantation. This helpline constitutes an essential interface between MOHAN Foundation and provides information on deceased organ donation to patients, families, individuals and voluntary groups that wish to promote organ donation. Organ Donation Helpline will act as an emergency service for people who are in crisis or grief and for donor families that are willing to donate, an information service providing information on organ donation to the population, an advice service providing help in issues related to organ donation and transplantation. National Organ Donation Helpline receives approximately 100 calls in a day in different languages. More than 50% of the calls are from family members of ailing patients that do not have information on whom to contact to save their loved ones’ life. Tele-coordinators provide these family members a hope by providing them with vital information on the procedures of registering with the respective government bodies in each state for obtaining organs through the cadaver transplant scheme.


Impact through Networking & Advocacy – MOHAN has been successful in building a network with more than 100 NGOs, 10 trusts, 100 corporate organizations, and 10 state governments in India to promote organ donation. MOHAN has a Memorandum of Understanding with National Health Services (NHS&BT) UK. Read more on NHSBT UK MoU...


Impact through Technology – MOHAN has been successful in building an efficient information technology service supporting every element of the organ donation and transplantation pathway that is designed to meet the needs of the society, health care organizations and other users. This will include our newly designed highly interactive website with more than 5000 pages of information on organ donation along with a register for recording organ donation wishes and download of “Donor Card” in more than six languages. MOHAN has also developed an application for pledging via smart phones to reach the new generation and making it possible to carry the donor card within the smart phone. The donor card is available as an iPhone App and Andriod App called “E-Donor Card.” Those who download the app are asked to keep the e-donor card symbol on the main page of their smartphone and paramedics are instructed to look for it. Several state governments (Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Rajasthan) have also adopted the software developed by MOHAN for recipient registries. MOHAN is also working hard to decrease human intervention in the distribution of organs in the future versions of the software to build in more transparency into the deceased organ distribution. Download E-Donor Card App...