A public awareness programme on organ donation was conducted by Ms Natalia Raaj, as part of the Organ Donation Ambassador training of MOHAN Foundation. Natalia’s awareness talk on the Google Meet platform on 20th June 2021, saw 9 of her fellow students participating. The programme was graced by Dr. Priya Mary George, Assistant Professor, Stella Maris College and Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Officer, MOHAN Foundation.
The programme started with an introduction of MOHAN Foundation by Dr. Hemal to give a sneak peek of what the session was about to the curious audience. Ms. Natalia began by asking the audience if they were familiar with the term ‘organ donation’ and many responded with a ‘Yes.’ She then went on to brief about the definition of organ donation, followed by the need for organ donation in India, using recent statistics that showed the increasing demand for life-saving organs.
Natalia then explained that anyone above the age of 18 can pledge to be a potential organ donor. The types of donors and the different organs and tissues that can be donated were also explained to the audience. The concept of brain death, sometimes misunderstood as coma, was explained through a video where a Neurosurgeon explains the condition with illustrations.
Since the audience were unaware of the laws that govern the organ transplantation and organ donation in the country, Natalia introduced Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 to them. The concept of an organ donor card for an individual and how to register were also discussed. Natalia ended her talk with a request to the audience to consider registering as donors and help save lives.
The floor was opened for questions where the participants asked if a child were to be a living donor, what would be the legal age to donate and could a recipient become an organ donor. Dr. Hemal answered the questions. The session ended with the audience sharing their valuable feedback and inputs from Dr. George, followed by a light banter.