An Appeal to Donate Organs and Save Lives
There is a huge shortage of organs in India and patients die while on the waiting list as they do not get an organ on time. A brain-dead person’s organs can give a new lease of life to at least nine patients suffering from organ failure.
Around 7.85 million people suffer from chronic kidney failure in India. At present, in India, the approximate prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is 800 per million population (pmp), and the incidence of end-stage kidney disease is 150-200 pmp. Nearly 3,500 transplants are done annually as against the need for 210,000 kidney transplants.
With 230 instances of organ donations from October 2008 till now, Tamil Nadu is the undisputed leader in organ donations in the country. A total of 1,318 organs and tissues have been harvested. These have saved many lives. Yet, these figures are nothing but a tip of the huge iceberg of demand for organs.
Ogans transplantation is possible only if there are organ donors available in the country and it is in this regard that the Organ Donation Day is being celebrated to bring awareness to the general public. The theme of this year’s Organ Donation Day was ‘SHARE LIFE, SAVE LIFE’. A rally was held on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at the Marina Beach, which was yet another step in the massive nationwide drive to raise awareness on organ donation
Over 500 college students, volunteers and supporters assembled on the sands of the Marina early on Sunday for the rally. Sharad Sharma, Chief General Manager, State Bank of India, handed over the baton to Mayor Saidai Sa Duraisamy, who flagged off the rally at the Labour Statue.
While Sharma recalled the support that the SBI had been extending to the cause by donating a public education van to MOHAN Foundation, the Mayor underscored the importance of involving the youth in organ donation. PWC Davidar, Corporation Commissioner, was also present. All dignitaries pledged their support for organ donation by signing a symbolic donor card.
Students from Loyola College, Agarsen College and Quaid-e-Milleth College, participated in the rally. A group of students from the Government College of Fine Arts put up a sand sculpture on the sands of the Marina on the theme of organ donation. Students of the Madras Christian College performed a street theatre show at the end of the rally.
This event was jointly organized by all the stakeholders working in this field in Tamil Nadu namely Govt. Cadaver Transplant Programme (CTP), MOHAN Foundation, National Network for Organ Sharing (NNOS), and TANKER Foundation. The major hospitals where deceased organ donation is taking place is Rajiv Gandhi Govt. General Hospital, Apollo Hospitals and Global Hospitals. The counsellors who counsel the families of brain dead patients about organ donation in these hospitals are trained by MOHAN Foundation.
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MOHAN Foundation (Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network)
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267, Kilpauk Garden Road,
Chennai – 600 010
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