On April 17th 2021, MOHAN Foundation conducted the training (Module 2) for the 5th batch of Organ Donation Ambassadors. 9 participants comprising of college students, independent professionals and MOHAN Foundation staff attended the three-hour interactive session.
Ms. Jaya Jairam welcomed the audience and the participants introduced themselves. This was followed by a one-hour interaction with experts related to the various aspects of donation and transplantation. Dr. Rajeevalochana Parthasarathy, Nephrologist from MMM Hospital Chennai, Dr. S. Bhanu Chandra Dharani Pal, Senior Transplant Coordinator, Hyderabad and Ms. Jaya Jairam, transplant recipient were the experts. How to increase donation rates, what are the stumbling blocks, costs of transplants, questions on eye and liver donation, autoimmune diseases, counseling families for donation, public perception on organ donation were a few topics discussed. This session was moderated by Dr. Hemal Kanvinde
This was followed by a workshop on Gratitude and Communication led by Dr. Muneet Kaur Sahi. She spoke of prolonged grief in the donor families and how sometimes a letter could bring relief to them. The participants were requested to place themselves in the shoes of an organ recipient and write a letter thanking the donor family for the gift of life they were given. She gave a few tips about the way to effectively communicate. Every participant read out their letter and suggestions were provided by Dr. Muneet.
Dr. Hemal Kanvinde then spoke of the modes of communication and listed some methods to create awareness among the public. Awareness talks, information desks, rallies, marathons and online competitions were highlighted. She also gave examples of fundraising events that could be organized by the Ambassadors.
In the final segment, Dr. Muneet spoke on how to prepare a presentation and gave important tips. She highlighted the 10-20-30 rule of PowerPoint presentations to getting one’s point across, a technique used by global leaders. She also gave an example of how a picture in a slide is highly powerful. Sharing her own sample presentation, she explained that not more than 15 slides and a duration of 30 mins is enough to impress upon the audience the importance of organ donation.
The Module 2 ended with a poll on the modes of public awareness and the nature of help the participants may further need. A few participants shared their feedback for the session. We wish all ambassadors the best for their awareness initiatives.