On April 2, 2022, MOHAN Foundation organized a one-day Stakeholders’ Workshop at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi under the aegis of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO). The workshop was supported by SBI Foundation & SBI Cards, Transplant-Help the Poor Foundation and Milaap.
The high-level workshop titled “Towards Affordability” included international and Indian stakeholders from the field of healthcare and organ transplantation who came together to discuss ways to make organ transplants affordable for underprivileged people and to increase the deceased donation rate in the country.
The topics covered in the programme ranged from understanding transplant costs for liver & kidney transplants, who should pay for the transplants costs, raising funds for poor patient, Transplant Coordinator’s experience on fundraising for transplants, Government schemes that support transplant costs, Utilization of Government schemes, Leveraging the organ donation clause in driving licenses, current status of organ donation on driving license and Driving license-Perspectives from other countries. Panel discussions on “Role of Philanthropy in Transplant Costs” and “The Missing Last Mile in Driving Licenses-What needs to be done” were also held as part of the workshop.
The participating stakeholders at the workshop included Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee-MOHAN Foundation & President Elect-Indian Society of Organ Transplantation, Dr. Archana Kumari, Consultant Coordination, NOTTO, Mr. Dhavan Nagar, Manager-Projects , SBI Foundation, Ms Vibhuti Sharma, Senior Transplant Coordinator- Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Shaleen Agarwal, Director, Liver Transplant & HPB Surgery-Max Super Specialty Hospital ,Saket, Delhi, Dr. Abhijit Chandra, Professor & Head, Department of Surgical Gastroenterology-King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Dr. A K Agarwal, Medical Director, G.B Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, Dr. ( Prof.) Rajesh Chandwani- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Dr. Anup Kumar, Prof & Chairman, Dept. of Urology Robotics and Renal Transplant-Safdarjung Hospital & VMMC, Delhi, Dr. Amit Devra, Director, Urology & Kidney Transplant-Jaypee Hospital, NOIDA, UP, Dr. Vivek Kute, Professor & Unit Head Nephrology-Institute of Kidney Disease & Research Centre- ITS, Ahmedabad, Mr. Balachandran Unni, CEO- Transplant Help the Poor Foundation, Mr. Nevin Mathew, Project Director- The Pravin Agarwal Foundation, Mr Anoj Viswanathan, Founder & President-Milaap, Dr Rahul Chandola, Senior Heart & Lung Transplant Surgeon-Max Super Specialty Hospital Saket, Delhi, Dr. Rimy Khurana, Ex- Dy. Principal Consultant (NHA) & NITI Aayog and transplant coordinators from across the country & representatives of MOHAN Foundation. Participants equally represented both public and private hospitals.
The experienced faculty included eminent doctors from established transplant hospitals of the country. The sharing of their experiences during the interactive sessions provided valuable insights to the delegates and made them aware and understand the importance of collaborative efforts to support underprivileged people for organ transplants. The workshop also enabled participants to learn new and unique ways to promote organ donation such as organ donor symbol in driving licenses.
Ms. Manjula Kalyanasundaram, Managing Director, SBI Foundation virtually inaugurated the workshop and gave the key-note address. She congratulated the stakeholders and assured them of her full support in giving a boost to the deceased donation programme in the country. She particularly pointed out of the exemplary work being done by MOHAN Foundation in the field of organ donation.
The workshop also provided opportunities and a forum for healthcare professionals, senior consultants & transplant coordinators to meet, interact, share challenges and success stories and get a chance to update their knowledge on government and private schemes for supporting transplants of poor patients and deceased organ donation.
Close to 55 doctors, senior transplant coordinators, NGO members and other medical professionals attended the workshop.