On October 10, 2019, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct an awareness session on organ donation at Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka. Two sessions were conducted, the first one was for students of classes 11 and 12 and the second one was 9 and 10 class students. Ms. Sumana Dutta (Principal, Sachdeva Global School) took the initiative to organize the sessions as she strongly supports the cause and has signed up to be an organ donor. Dr. Muneet Kaur Sahi was the resource person and Ms. Shafia Hameed accompanied her.
Sachdeva Global School (SGS) located in Sector 18a, Dwarka, is a recognized senior secondary school which is a dynamic, forward looking community of lifelong learners. The school is governed by the rules, regulations and curriculum of CBSE and is run under the aegis of the “Shri Laxman Dass Sachdeva Memorial Educational Society.” SGS provides its students with a rigorous and innovative educational program in a community that embraces diversity of people, cultures and ideas. Students are inspired to pursue their passions and lead lives of purpose and excellence.
The session began with Ms. Aman Arora (Computer teacher) introducing MOHAN Foundation and the work it does in the field of spreading awareness on organ donation. She also gave a brief introduction of Dr. Muneet and invited her to begin the session.
Dr. Muneet began by interacting with the students on the subject of organ donation. Majority of the students had heard about organ donation and the possibility of becoming a donor. She then spoke on the student’s role as key actors in the organ donation process. She told them that their knowledge and attitude was of great importance because each one of them can influence their families in all aspects of organ donation and transplantation.
She explained to them the basic concepts of organ donation with the help of power point presentation. While on the subject of brain-death, a short movie was shown. After the movie, to the question whether a brain-dead person is dead or alive, the unanimous reply of the students was “dead.” They also understood the difference between coma and brain-death. She also emphasized on the fact that it is only in case of brain death, solid organs and tissues can be donated while in case of circulatory death only tissues. When asked whether eye is a tissue or organ, students of class 9 swiftly replied “tissue”.
Dr. Muneet then told them that the deceased donation rate in India stands at 0.80 per million i.e. it is not even 1 per million population, which is abysmally low when compared to the organ donation rate prevalent in other developed countries. When asked about what do they think were the reasons behind India’s low donation rate, one of the student cited lack of awareness and religious beliefs and superstitions to be the most important reasons for the family members refusing for giving consent for organ donation of their close relatives
At the end of the session, Dr. Muneet spoke about “Angels of Change” volunteers training programme, in which selected student volunteers are taken through a customized training module to enable them to undertake awareness initiatives on organ donation amongst various audiences. This program is like “each one teach one” where volunteers are trained under the guidance of MOHAN Foundation team who later on spread awareness on organ donation of their own.
Overall the sessions were quite interesting and interactive and MF representatives were quite amazed at the student’s knowledge and participation on this very important but under played out area.
Close to 400 students participated in both the sessions.