On March 28, 2023, Mr. Gabriel from the MOHAN Foundation conducted an organ donation awareness talk at the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club of Porvorim, held at Otium PDA Colony, Porvorim, Goa.
Mr. Gabriel began the session by showing a short video on "Live Beyond Life," a short animated presentation on organ donation by Shweta Gupta. He then interacted with members of the club, showed a power point presentation about organ donation, explained the process of organ donation and the law, explained when a death occurs due to cardiac arrest or if a person passes away at home, which tissues could be donated, and only when a brain death is declared could eight organs be donated, which the members were happy to learn. He also explained how the organs are allocated and spoke about SOTTO-Goa and their deceased programme called NAVE JIVIT, Goa, which is only doing kidney transplants as of now. 43 patients are on the wait list for kidneys.
He asked the members how many hospitals there were in Goa that they thought were transplant and retrieval centres; the members said only Goa Medical College (GMC). Mr. Gabriel then shared that there were two more hospitals, namely Healthway and Manipal, that were doing transplantation apart from GMC.
He also explained how one can pledge to donate organs by scanning the QR code and picking up the donor card at the event or ticking the option on Form 2 stating their willingness to donate while applying for a driving licence or on renewal of the license.
In the end, Mr. Gabriel gave out flyers of the MOHAN Foundation and pledge cards so that the members could stick them at their offices. He thanked Dr. Sandhya, who was the president, Mr. Nikhil Shah, who was the secretary, Ms. Indra Wagle, who was the treasurer, and everyone else who had invited him to the organ awareness talk.
Close to 15 club members attended the talk.