On April 2, 2021, MOHAN Foundation was invited to conduct an online awareness session on organ donationas part of the webinar organized by PRAYAS, an enabling unit of Kirori Mal College, Delhi University (KMC, DU). The webinarwas organized for the differently-abled students of the college, student volunteers, coordinators and faculty members of PRAYAS. The session was an initiative of Mr. Arunesh Chaudhary, Assistant Professor&Convener of PRAYAS,Kirori Mal College. Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation was invited as thekeynote speaker.
Kirori Mal College was established in 1954. It is one of the finest colleges within the University of Delhi. PRAYAS, the enabling unit, is the PWD cell ofKirori Mal College. It facilitates academic pursuits of the differently-abled students through reading and writing services. It also sensitizes the college fraternity about the needs of the differently-abled community and ensures their participation in extra-curricular activities, including sports and para-athletics.
At the beginning of the session,Mr. Arunesh Chaudharywelcomed all the participants and gave a brief introduction about the webinar. He said organ donation is an important topicas far as disability is concerned and this webinar serves an opportunity for the participants to understand the concept of organ donation. He then introduced Dr. Sunil Shroff and invited him to begin the session.
Dr. Shroff explained the basic concept of organ donation and transplantation with the help of a simple PowerPoint presentation. He explained the following topics in detail:
At the end, Dr. Shroff expressed his view that collaborative efforts by NGO’s, government Hospitals, private sector hospitals, state health departments is need of the hour to achieve a successful model for deceased donation transplantation in India. He informed how a person can help the cause of organ donation by becoming a volunteer, member of MOHAN Foundation, ambassador of the cause, taking up internship with MOHAN Foundation and by taking up a career path and get trained as a transplant coordinator by MOHAN Foundation.
The participants enthusiastically contributed to the discussion and asked many queries which were answered by Dr. Shroff one by one. To name a few:
One suggestion also came from the audience that government should promote organ donation and encourage people to donate organs by offering health insurance to the people who voluntarily sign up for organ donation in hospitals and by online registries.
Mr. Ajeet Kumar, Assistant Professor,Kirori Mal Collegegave vote of thanks. He said that the session was very informative and helped the participants to understandthe concept of organ donation and transplants. They understood the importance of organ donation.The short video on hand transplant inspired the participants to never give up in life and stay positive.
Close to 50 participants attended the session.