One week Foundation Course in Counseling and Transplant Coordination Training Programme was held from 14th to 18th December 2015 at Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad. There were 48 participants from various parts of India from Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat.
At the inaugural function, Dr. Narsimha Rao, Vice President, Yashoda Hospital, said that deceased organ donation is the solution to organ shortage in India. He has also appreciated the work being done by MOHAN Foundation. Dr. Lovita, of Yashoda Hospital welcomed MOHAN Foundation and extended all their support. Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, Dr. Sumana Navin, Course Director, Dr. Koti Reddy, Director – Liaison & Strategy from MOHAN Foundation was present at the inaugural function. The MOHAN Foundation faculty also included Ms. Sujatha Niranjan and Dr. Bhanu Chandra.
There were coherent presentations on medical aspects of organ donation and transplantation by Dr. Prabir Kumar Roy, Dr. P.B.N Gopal, Dr. Urmila Anandh, Dr. Amardeep Yadav Dr. Kamal Kiran, Dr. Alla Gokhale, Dr. Manisha Sahay, Ms. Jayalaxmi. Dr. Prabir Kumar Roy gave an interesting and extremely detailed presentation on brain death which was later followed by and highly scientific session by Dr. P.B.N. Gopal on brain death maintenance. Dr. Urmila Anandh spoke on the importance of kidney disease being a silent epidemic and how early diagnosis will help many patients. Dr. Manisha Sahay spoke in detail about the importance of immonosuppression post transplant. Dr. Alla Gokhale spoke in detail on the importance of donor maintenance in case of heart and lung transplantation.
MOHAN Foundation faculty shared moving donor stories, grief counseling, life skills for a transplant coordinator, the legal aspects of organ donation and transplantation, establishment of a deceased donation programme in a hospital, the successful experience in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai, role of public education and social media in organ donation. Films on breaking the bad news, brain death, diagnosis and certification of brain death, ABG analysis and apnoea test were played.
Transplant coordinators from various hospitals in Hyderabad discussed day-to-day challenges that they are facing in deceased organ donation and how are they tackling them. Following a post training evaluation, certificates were handed over to the participants by Dr. Surendar Rao at the valedictory session.
We thank Yashoda Hospitals and its management for their kind support in organizing this training programme.
The Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme is supported by Sir Ratan Tata Trust and Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, since December 2009.