An Angels of Change volunteer training programme was conducted for the II year medical students of Tagore Medical College and Hospital on 26th February 2020. This is the second batch of students from the institute to undergo the training this year. Dr. Hemal Kanvinde and Mr. Siva Shankar T S represented MOHAN Foundation. Dr. A. Balaji, HOD of Community Medicine welcomed the trainers and Dr. Sree Sucharitha, Faculty – Community Medicine recalled the earlier training and asked the students to learn the best they could.
The session began with Dr. Sree Sucharitha introducing the trainers to the audience. The students were then given the exercise of writing down a couple of take-aways they were expecting from the training. Day 1 of the training comprised of four segments, involving the trainers making presentations of some important topics and activities for the students.
In the first segment, Mr. Siva Shankar explained the concepts of organ donation: the organs and tissues that could be donated, brain death, causes of brain death, age criteria in organ donation, government authority for organ donation and transplantation, and the activities of MOHAN Foundation. This was followed by a short film explaining brain death.
The session was followed by an introduction to the Angels of Change training manual and format of the training. Using an activity-based learning model, the protocols followed by hospitals for a deceased donation were explained to the students. Different modes of effective communication were also discussed through a presentation and educative videos were also played for the students.
In the following segment, the students were divided into 4 groups to be trained in the tasks of event planning, public speaking, surveying and social media marketing/promotion. The groups were given the task of planning and executing an activity to create awareness and promote the cause of organ donation. The groups presented a number of ideas including organising walkathons in the beach, poster competitions in colleges and schools, and slogan competitions in various social media platforms, to name a few. The group allocated with the task of conducting surveys, shared the difficulties they faced while interacting with the public. The public talk group made a presentation to their classmates. The #givinglife hashtag was chosen to be used on social media platforms for this year’s campaigns.
The session ended with a sample of quiz and sharing of other teaching tools with the volunteers to create Education and Communication models for lay person. The second part of the training programme will be held on 28th February 2020.
MOHAN Foundation is thankful to Dr. A. Balaji and Dr. Sree Sucharitha for their support and appreciates their commitment to the cause.