India has more than a billion people but just one organ donor for every 2 million of its population. This is amongst the lowest organ donation rates in the world and one of the biggest reasons for this is the lack of awareness about the cause.
In the last 8 years, a total of 4,938 organs have been transplanted in Tamil Nadu, according to Transplant Authourity of Tamil Nadu (TRANSTAN). The southern state is the first Indian state to make certification of brain death mandatory, successfully create a green corridor to transport an organ, and make conversations about organ donation mainstream.
There is an acute shortage of vital organs as there was a huge gap between the requirement and the number of vital organs available, Dr N.T.R.University of Health Sciences Vice-Chancellor T. Ravi Raju said.
A Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme will be conducted for the first time in Guntur from November 14 to 18 at Ramesh Hospitals. This programme is being organised by MOHAN Foundation under the aegis of the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, in collaboration with Jeevandan, A.P. Government and Ramesh Hospitals.
In the wake of recent kidney scams busted in Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat and Akola, doctors and hospitals have refused to take any fresh cases to conduct live donor transplants. Associations have even asked for clarity on donors’ transplant from the higher-ups. Amid this, it has been revealed that there soon will be a live donor registry maintained in the country to address the problem.
How can I sell my kidney? This question has been posed so often to Mohan Foundation, an NGO that works towards creating awareness about cadaveric donation of organs since 1997, that it has an official dedicated to tackle this "menace".
It was his life’s race against time. Lahori resident Aslam needed an urgent liver transplant for his 18-year-old daughter Saima. He knew he had no choice but to look outside his resources, and get her the best possible specialised treatment.
In a bid to spread awareness about organ donation, Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to reach schools, hospitals, theatre and crematoriums. By putting up hoardings at these places, IMA's local chapter, with the help of NMC and NGO Janakrosh, aims to leave impact on the minds of citizens. On the occasion of Word Organ Donation Day on Saturday, the foundation also organized slogan and drawing competition for children.
Transplant coordinators are the unsung champions of the world of organ donation. Most stories about organ donations are about the surgeons and green corridors, but few mention the person who made it all possible, the transplant coordinator who did the difficult job of approaching a grieving family and convinced them to donate the organs that gave a fresh lease of life to many.
Calling for a social movement to promote organ donation, health minister JP Nadda said the gap between organ demand and availability is immense. Though the donation rate has improved, there is a long way to go.