Felicitation of Organ Donor Families

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Organ Donor Week is celebrated every year in the month of August. This year, MOHAN Foundation (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network) is organizing a special programme in Chennai to commemorate the deceased organ donors who have passed on their life to others.

This programme to felicitate the families of deceased organ donors in Tamil Nadu will be held at the Darbar Hall, Raj Bhavan on Thursday, 9th August 2012 from 5.15 pm to 6.30 pm. His Excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah, the Governor of Tamil Nadu will felicitate the families.

There will be 26 organ donor families who will be joining us on the occasion. These families have donated the organs of their loved ones at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital (GH), Apollo Hospitals and Global Hospitals. In GH alone, where MOHAN Foundation's transplant coordinators are deputed there have been 67 deceased organ and tissue donors from February 2012 to July 2012. This has translated to the retrieval of over 300 organs and tissues. Overall, in the state of Tamil Nadu the statistics are as follows:

From Oct 2008 to Jun 30, 2012

Donors From TN 268

Heart 52

Lung 6

Liver 239

Kidney 487

Total Major Organs 778

Heart Valve 312

Cornea 414

Skin 1

Total Organs 1505

Source: www.dmrhs.org/tnos

This makes Tamil Nadu the leader in the deceased organ donation programme in the country. It has an organ donation rate of 1.3 per million population, which is 15 times the national average. His excellency Dr. K. Rosaiah will release the 35th edition of the Indian Transplant Newsletter on the occasion. He will also felicitate people who have keenly supported the deceased organ donation programme - members of the medical community as well as Cognizant Foundation that has provided the Foundation with e-learning classroom facilities to train the grief/transplant coordinators.

In addition, organ donation awareness programme for different sections of the public will also be conducted throughout the week. These include A.M. Jain College, BBR Nagar - Chromepet Social Welfare Association, Agarsen College, Minda Sai Ltd.

CHOOSE LIFE…Organ donation is all about giving life - life that only YOU can choose to give, to help thousands of patients waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.