On August 9, 2022, MOHAN Foundation set up an organ donation information kiosk to commemorate 28th International Day of the world’s Indigenous people at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Ms. Simran Anand, Programme Officer, MOHAN Foundation booked a stall with the help of Indian Social Institute, New Delhi. She was accompanied by Ms. Preeti Goswami, Programme Officer, MOHAN Foundation, NCR.
Indigenous peoples are inheritors and practitioners of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environment. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, including their health needs, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations held in Geneva in 1982. This years theme was, “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation & Transmission of Traditional Knowledge.”
Many visitors like college students, govt. officials, nurses, doctors, social workers and business persons visited the kiosk and MF representatives covered the following topics during their interactions with them:
Queries such as process of organ allocation, what organs can be donated, how can a living person donate his/her organs, will the organs reach the right recipient, will the donor family get money after consenting for organ donation were answered professionally by the MF representatives.
Some students from Delhi University were very encouraged by the cause and took initiative to become volunteers with the Foundation. A nurse from a government dispensary in Delhi took extra FAQs in order to spread awareness amongst her staff. Youngsters were very touched with the cause and were willing to sign up.
Knowledge of the Foundation’s online courses was also shared with the people visiting the kiosk and T-shirts and coasters depicting organ donation messages were kept in the stall for sale.
Close to 1000 visitors visited the kiosk and 35 signed up for organ donation.