On May 30, 2021, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct an awareness session on organ donation online for the members of Scholars Foundation, Udaipur, Rajasthan. The session was coordinated by Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Officer, MOHAN Foundation and Dr. Muneet Kaur Sahi, Programme Manager, MOHAN Foundation-Delhi NCR was the resource person.
The mission of Scholars Foundation is to help underprivileged children, regardless of their religion, caste, creed, colour, race while giving them every chance of getting a quality education. Mr. Kundan Mal Bhatewara, President- Scholars Foundation felt highly motivated by Dr. Sunil Shroff’s (Managing Trustee-MOHAN Foundation) thoughts and deliberations in Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) ‘Karamveer’ episode on October 9, 2020 and decided to promote the lifesaving cause of organ donation through Scholars Foundation. He approached Dr. Hemal Kanvinde for organising an awareness session on organ donation for its members. The session was an orientation exercise for the members since the Foundation was venturing into creating awareness on a social cause. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed between Scholars Foundation and MOHAN Foundation for promoting organ donation and providing Organ Donation Ambassador training to its members.
At the beginning of the session, Dr. Prachi Gupta, Counsellor-Gitanjali Hospital, Udaipur informed the audience that she has been actively engaged in counselling COVID-19 recovered patients to come forward and donate plasma. She expressed her gratitude towards MOHAN Foundation to join hands with Scholars Foundation to promote the cause of organ donation. She expressed that the session would help her understand the concept and importance of organ donation which would in turn help her to motivate people to pledge for organ donation along with her counselling work related to plasma donation.
Dr. Prachi then invited Mr. Bhatewara to address the audience. He welcomed all the participants and thanked MOHAN Foundation for organising the session for the members of Scholars Foundation in such a short time. He said that the session would enlighten and encourage the participants to work towards the noble and lifesaving cause of organ donation. He then invited Dr. Muneet to begin the session.
Dr. Muneet explained the basic concepts of organ donation and transplantation with the help of a simple PowerPoint presentation. The following topics were explained in detail:
While on the subject of brain death, a short movie was shown to give clarity on the subject and to enumerate the difference between coma and brain death. The participants showed keen interest during the presentation and asked many questions during the session. To name a few:
While explaining the importance of eye donation, Dr. Muneet motivated the participants to begin with promoting eye donation and creating public awareness on it as corneal retrieval is a 20-minute procedure and can be retrieved in death occurring at home by an eye technician.
She also explained about MOHAN Foundation’s various courses on organ donation and transplant coordination. She urged the members to contact MOHAN Foundation Jaipur Citizen Forum (MFJCF) and collaborate or coordinate with them to begin awareness programmes in Udaipur.
At the end, Mr. Kundan gave vote of thanks. He said the session was very helpful and motivated all the participants to pledge for organ donation.
As a result of the session, 2 participants pledged for organ donation and 1 participant registered her name for MOHAN Foundation’s upcoming training on Transplant Coordination. Close to 26 participants attended the session.
Feedback from the President, Scholars Foundation
“Thank you everyone for joining the session. The session was very successful as two people amongst us have signed up for organ donation. Thanks to Dr. Muneet and team from MOHAN Foundation.”