On August 27, 2018, MOHAN Foundation conducted an awareness session on organ donation for X and XII class students of Ryan International School, New Delhi. Dr. Muneet Kaur Sahi was the resource person and she was accompanied by Dr. Pallavi Rekhi.
Every year, Times of India (TOI) organizes various awareness sessions on organ donation in different schools across Delhi-NCR in collaboration with MOHAN Foundation as part of a special campaign supporting organ donation. The campaign starts on August 1 and culminates on TOI’s designated organ donation day i.e., August 13. The session at Ryan International School was the second session of this campaign. The first session was held at DAV Public School, Gurugram.
Dr. Muneet began the session by giving basic information to students about the organs that can be donated by a person when alive and after death.She then spoke about the importance of organ donation and why it has become the need of the hour as many patients are dying for want of an organ due to end stage organ diseases. She also explained to them various reasons contributing to India’s low organ donation rate.
The condition of brain stem death was explained with the help of a video and common causes of brain death were also enumerated.
The process of eye donation was spoken about and the participants were asked to promote it at their individual level amongst their family and relatives. The students were also encouraged to discuss organ donation at home, so that they could sign-up for it after getting the necessary permission from their parents or legal guardians.
Ms. Alka Kumar (School Counsellor), shared with Dr. Muneet that she had lost her brother to ‘bone marrow cancer’ and could not donate his organs, cancer being a contraindication to organ donation though his brother had expressed his wish to donate organs upon death while alive.
Close to 400 students with their respective class teachers attended the session.