Under the aegis of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, MOHAN Foundation in collaboration with Bhopal Organ Donation Society (BODS), conducted a one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from 27th to 31st March 2017 at Hotel Lake View Ashok, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. A total of 25 candidates from Bhopal were present. They received their certificates with a unique registration number from NOTTO. This was the 44th training programme conducted by MOHAN Foundation and the tenth in partnership with NOTTO.
Mr. Basant Pratap Singh, IAS, Chief Secretary Madhya Pradesh, Mrs. Gauri Singh, Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare), Government of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Mukesh Agrawal, Patrika, Dr. M.C. Songara, Dean – Gandhi Medical College were present at the inauguration. MOHAN Foundation was represented by Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, Dr. Sumana Navin, Course Director and Ms. Ann Alex, Programme Associate.
Dr. Neeti Agarwal shared her experience of donating her daughter Laavanya’s eyes. Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram said that she could relate with Dr. Neeti Agarwal and she shared her own experience of donating her son Swamy Narayan’s organs. She then emphasised that it is because of the deceased donors and their families like Dr. Neeti Agarwal that help to save the lives of many.
Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram began by explaining about the Basic concepts of Organ Donation and the importance of Transplantation. Dr. Sumana Navin helped the participants become acquainted with the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and the main provisions of the Act. Dr. Anamilka briefed about the objectives and the role of BODS. Dr. Bertha Rathinam, Professor & Head, Anatomy Department, AIIMS, Bhopal, stressed on the need for voluntary body donation for research purposes and clarified that body donation is accepted after organ donation at their institution. Ms. Ann Alex explained about the State based and NGO based organisations working in the field of organ donation and transplantation in India. A film ‘Phir Zindagi’ produced by ZTCC, Pune was screened.
Dr. Vaishali Solao, HPB & Liver Surgery, Gleneagles Global Hospitals, elaborated on the diagnosis and certification of brain death. She also emphasized the importance of maintaining a potential deceased donor. Films on the topic were screened. Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram stressed on the Roles and Qualities a Transplant Coordinator must possess which would - equip him/her with the counselling skills required for approaching a family for organ donation; & Grief Counseling she explained by giving instances from Donor stories. She then listed out the steps involved in Setting up a Deceased donation programme in a hospital. Dr. Gopesh Modi elucidated about common causes of Kidney diseases and dialysis. He spoke about the ‘Let’s Talk Kidneys’ initiative (www.letstalkkidneys.org) with which he is associated. It is an association of like-minded people who offer assistance and information to CKD patients and their families. The catalyst for this effort was a young student, Riya Kesari. Mrs. Shilpi Varshney, a volunteer with MOHAN Foundation, who had previously undertaken a study of Dialysis Facilities in Madhya Pradesh in 2011, is also involved in the effort.
The day began with Ms. Ann Alex listing out various fascinating ideas which would attract the public with the message of organ donation. An E-module film by Dr. Subramania Iyer on Hand Transplantation was screened. Dr. Arvind Joshi, Uro Surgeon, Chirayu Medical College with the help of videos spoke about the Pre and Post Operative Coordination and Care involved in a Kidney Transplant. He also clarified questions asked relating to the cost of transplants. Dr. Shrikant Asawa, Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine, People’s Medical College briefed about the procedure involved for Medico Legal Cases. The participants were able to analyse what to do and what not to do while counselling families with the help of the Role Play which was moderated by Dr. Sumana Navin. Mrs. Sanjeeta Shukla, a CKD patient and the mother of participant Mr. Sumit Shukla, shared her experience on the struggles she faces being a patient and depending on Dialysis. Dr. Kavita Kumar, Professor & Head of Department of Ophthalmology Department, Gandhi Medical College spoke about Corneal Donation, Corneal Banking and Corneal Transplant. Dr. Arun Bhatnagar, Professor and Head of Burn and Plastic Surgery Department, Gandhi Medical College introduced the topic of Skin Donation, Skin Banking and Skin Transplant to the participants, he also shared that when there is a Corneal donation taking place the Skin bank should also team up, as like Corneal donation retrieval, Skin retrieval can also be done anywhere within 6 hours from the time of death. The day ended with a poster making group activity moderated by Ms. Ann Alex.
Dr. P. V. Naresh Kumar, Senior Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Transplant Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals, Secunderabad with the help of videos spoke about the Basics of Heart Failure and Heart Transplant.
Dr. Saurabh Jain, Urologist, Siddhanta Red Cross Hospital, spoke about the Role of a Transplant (Recipient) Coordinator, and listed out the Forms in the THO Rules required for recipient counselling, he also explained about Swap Transplants and the Role of the Authorization Committee. Dr. Sumana Navin laid out the timeline of successful transplants in the world and the current status of deceased donation in India and the World, she then briefed about the important role media plays in promoting organ donation & transplantation. Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Orthopaedics Surgeon, Director, Narmada Health Group explained about Bone Donation, the need for Bone Banking and the benefits of a Bone Transplant. Dr. A. K. Choudhary, Professor & Medical Superintendent, JK Hospital, LN Medical College, Ex Civil Surgeon Govt. district – JP Hospital explained how a Heart Valve (Homografts) Donation would help a recipient. Dr. Subodh Varshney, Medical Director, Siddhanta Red Cross Super Speciality Hospital explained the Basics of Liver diseases, Liver Failure and Liver Transplant.
Prof. Dr. Vimal Bhandari, Director, NOTTO spoke about the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation and the importance of sharing information with the national body to ensure transparency, he also spoke about steps to ensure growth in the programme in Bhopal. Dr. Sumana Navin ended the training with a session on the Ethical Issues in organ donation and transplantation.
Prof. Dr. Vimal Bhandari and Mrs. Bhandari were the judges for the poster making activity. The prizes for the best posters were given away by Mrs. Bhandari.
Mr. Vishvas Sarang, Minister Cooperatives, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation, Rural Development, Prof. Dr. Vimal Bhandari & Mrs. Bhandari, Mr. Nishant Warwade District Magistrate & Collector, Dr. Amita Chand, President BODS, Dr. Sumana Navin and Ms. Ann Alex were present at the Valedictory function. Mr. Vishvas Sarang, Prof. Dr. Vimal Bhandari and Mr. Nishant Warwade congratulated the participants and distributed the certificates.
THIS TRAINING PROGRAMME WAS SUPPORTED BY SBI FOUNDATION