23rd-27th April, 2012, New Delhi
Supported by Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust
The success of an organ donation and transplant program depends on good coordination by transplant coordinators. The Government of India, in its amendment of THO Act, 1994 has made appointment of transplant coordinators mandatory before a hospital is registered as a Transplant Centre.
To address the training needs of this cadre of health-care professionals and ensure the availability of well-trained Transplant Coordinators, MOHAN Foundation and Army Hospital( Research and Referral) conducted a one-week transplant co-ordinators’ training programme in collaboration with Directorate General Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. This was the first one- week programme organized by the Foundation in North India. It acted as a sensitization programme for all the professionals working in the field and also gave them an opportunity to meet their counterparts from different hospitals. The programme was inaugurated by Maj. Gen. P.P. Varma, SM VSM, Deputy Commandment of Army Hospital (R& R)
Thirty two participants attended the training programme from cities like Calcutta, Pune, Indore, Mohali and Delhi, representing various hospitals. The course details were so well organized that both the medical and non-medical professionals like social workers benefited equally and were inspired to work for the noble cause of organ donation. The experienced faculty included eminent doctors from leading hospitals. The sharing of their experiences during the interactive sessions provided valuable insights to the participants.
The topics covered in the programme ranged from the role of NGOs, the role of the Government organizations, establishment of the deceased donor programme in a hospital, Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994 (THOA 1994) and its amendments, etc. Specific stress was laid on practical training by conducting role plays on grief counseling, public education programmes, and documentation related to organ donation and transplantation.
The one-week programme concluded with a session on Government Initiatives and National Transplant Programme by the Chief Medical Officer- Dr Anil Kumar from the DGHS and distribution of certificates to all the participants.
Participating Institutions were both private and government hospitals and also the Army Hospitals from different cities across the country