A one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme was held from 01.04.2014 to 05.04-2014 at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) Gurgaon. Transplant Coordinators from various states of the country, and others working in the field of organ donation attended the programme. It was jointly organized by MOHAN Foundation, Delhi-NCR, and FMRI under the aegis of Dr Avnish Seth, Director, Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplantation (FORT) Gurgaon.
The main objective of the programme was to equip the Transplant Coordinators, both new and seasoned with the knowledge and skills required in their profession, to provide a common platform for them to interact and to reinforce them with renewed passion and zest.
It was a 5 day training program that had sessions on topics ranging from what is organ donation, brain death, full body donation, difference between cardiac and brain death, THOA, handling of MLC cases, different types of transplantation, counseling techniques-grief counseling, role of transplant coordinators, what is needed to ensure the success of deceased organ donation programme, how to handle burn outs, importance of public awareness and finally why should the media be interested in our cause.
The speakers were experts from various fields, who impressed and captivated the attention of all those present with their very informative and innovative sessions and answered all the queries of the participants with utmost clarity.
In order to give a positive feeling and motivation to the participants, a 15 minute session on successful deceased donation case was discussed every day in the morning by transplant coordinators from different hospitals of Delhi. Furthermore, family members of organ donors and the recipients were called upon to share their experiences. It created a powerful impact upon all those present, and strengthened their resolve to continue their work with and spread the message of organ donation.
Ms.Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation discussed successful case studies and shared with all those present the problems faced by her and how to handle those problems.
A panel discussion was also held which answered all the queries put forth by the participants and cleared their doubts.
The programme ended with a very beautifully created skit by the team of FMRI and appreciation of Mast. Amee Gupta, 15 years, a student of Delhi Public School (DPS), Gurgaon, who single handedly, got 167 organ donation pledges. At the end of the program Dr Avnish Seth, Director, FORT announced that they would like to have a similar programme next year too and that it would be a continuing trend and applauded Ms.Pallavi Kumar, Executive Director-Delhi-NCR, for her hard work and ensuring the success of the programme.
There were 40 participants in the program who came from different parts of the country such as Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, U.P., Punjab, Orissa, Jaipur and Chennai.On the final day of the training, the certificates were handed over to the delegates by Dr NS Dharamshaktu, NOTTO & Deputy Director General, DGHS.