On August 10, 2017, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct two sessions on organ donation for the staff and employees of Honda Cars India Ltd at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The first session was for Office Associates and was conducted in English, the second session for Manufacturing Associates was conducted in Hindi.
Ms. Surabhi Chaudhary (Purchasing-New Model) took the initiative to organise these sessions. Her initiative stemmed from her real life experience wherein a young 17 year old brain dead relative in her extended family did not translate into donation because the parents refused for organ donation. She felt a strong need to raise awareness and promote the cause and to encourage people to become organ donors.
Dr. Muneet began both the sessions by showing a three minute film - titled 'Thank You'. The concept of the film 'Death is not the end' evoked positive response among the audience and created an emotional connect with the cause. She then explained the concepts of organ donation and transplantation in an easily comprehensive manner briefly touching on the 5 'W's (why, where, when, who and what) of organ donation. A short film on brain death was also shown when the concept of brain death/circulatory death was being explained.
Both the sessions were very interactive and participants asked many queries that were handled in a professional manner. To name a few:
How does the donation process work?
Will the family receive information about the patients who have benefited from donation?
Are the families compensated in any form?
Can we choose who gets the organs?
How are organs allocated?
What criteria is used in considering a potential organ transplant recipient?
Mr. Pushpinder Singh Dy. Manager - General Purchase shared with the MF representative that he had donated his fathers body at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh in the year 2003. The family had to go through long hours of waiting due to procedural delays and finally the body was handed over to the family after retrieving corneas and few organs for research purpose. Mr. Pushpinder has also pledged his whole body for donation.
In the end Dr. Sanjay Nakra DGM General Affairs & Head Healthcare thanked the MF team for conducting the session and imparting very valuable information regarding organ donation to the participants. He also thanked the employees for taking out time from their work schedule to attend the talk and hoped that Honda family would have benefitted from it.
Close to 85 participants attended the sessions and 120 donor cards were picked up.