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Nov 16, 2018

Creative efforts to boost organ donation

Creative efforts to boost organ donation

Dr K. Jayanth Murali IPS, Director Vigilance and Anti-corruption, Tamil Nadu creates a new India Book of Records

Earlier this year, on July 22 2018, Dr Jayanth took up the monumental feat of running the Dream Runners Half Marathon with a tape duct on his mouth through-out the run to create awareness towards organ donation. With the completion of the half-marathon on above-described terms, he succeeded in creating a new India Book of Records. As a special gesture towards the cause of organ donation, Dr Jayanth dedicated the achieved record to MOHAN Foundation in the presence of Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhavan, Chennai.

MOHAN Foundation’s project “Gift Hope, Gift Life”, wins Gold at the SKOCH CSR Awards

On 19th September 2018, MOHAN Foundation’s project ‘Gift Hope, Gift Life – Augmenting deceased organ donation program in India’, was conferred with the SKOCH CSR GOLD award 2018 (Top Category), at Delhi.

The highlights of the project were the lives that were saved through the Organ Donation Toll-Free Helpline and through the training of transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses and surgeons in hospitals across India.

The ‘Life Before Ashes’ Campaign wins creative accolades and awards

‘What has now become ashes could have been another person’s heart or kidney, if only the organs were donated’. A set of human organ installations, in the shape of a heart, kidney, liver and eyes made from a mix of real human ashes and mud from the graves were part of an exhibition by MOHAN Foundation and have been on display at malls and hospitals all across India.

The campaign won the ‘Creative Campaign of the Year’ award at the Big Bang Awards 2018, while also winning 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze medals in various other categories. At the Abby’s 2018, it won 2 Gold medals along with 7 Silvers, in categories including Print, Print Craft, Out of Home, Ambient, PR, Branded Content as well as Integrated. It also won 2 Golds at the Outdoor Advertising Convention Awards 2018.

MOHAN Foundation organizes its First Masterclass in Soft Skills and Communication for Healthcare Professionals

On Saturday, October 27th 2018, MOHAN Foundation organized its first one-day masterclass in Soft Skills and Communication for healthcare professionals, especially in the field of organ donation and transplantation, in Chennai. This masterclass was aimed at improving practical skills such as soft skills and communication, self-expectations, communication guidelines, presentation pointers, body language, team building, conflict resolving, accountability, and stress management.

One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme successfully held in Ahmedabad

Under the aegis of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and ROTTO-SOTTO Mumbai, MOHAN Foundation conducted a one-week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from September 25-29, 2018 at Zydus Hospitals, Ahmedabad. There were 33 participants from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Assam and Manipur. This was the 56th training programme conducted by MOHAN Foundation and the 22nd in partnership with NOTTO.    






Aug 21, 2018

Continued efforts to boost organ donation in India

Inclusion of organ donor option in driving license application form welcomed

The Union Ministry of Road Transport in an advisory last month had asked all Regional Transport Offices (RTO) across the country to add a column in the application form for Driving License (DL) so that an applicant could express his willingness to donate organs. MOHAN Foundation Jaipur Citizen Forum (MFJCF) had been pursuing the cause with the Union Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari since 2016. In the present times, a pledge to donate organ becomes very significant, as there is less than one organ donor in a million in India and over three million deaths have been recorded since 2005 due to non-availability of organs. This will help in easing the process, create awareness and also encourage people to donate organs.

 Training officers & nurses from the Armed Forces 

MOHAN Foundation in partnership with AORTA (Army Organ Retrieval & Transplant Authority) under the aegis of NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) supported by Office of DGMS (Army) IHQ of MoD (Army) successfully completed the training on Transplant Coordination from August 7-11, 2018. 41 delegates, both service officers and nurses, from 14 different states attended the training.

MOHAN USA and American Society of Transplantation: Pioneering the Cause of Improving Organ Donation Rates among Minorities

MOHAN USA, in association with the American Society of Transplantation (AST), organized a special event on the 2nd of June 2018 at Seattle, Washington. The educational event, titled, 'Strategies to Increase Awareness and Organ Donation Rates Amongst Minorities' coincided with the American Transplant Congress, the largest gathering of over 5,000 transplant professionals from all over the world, being held in the same city.

A lively discussion ensued at the end of the lectures about potential strategies to increase organ donation among minorities, especially South Asians, who have a significant burden of disease, but a low organ donor registration and consent rate. Based on the personal experiences of the experts present at the meeting, it was felt that there is a great need to engage this community in this process and reach out to them at the grass root level to increase their participation in both organ donation and registration.

Dr. K. Jayanth Murali (Indian Police Service), duct taped his mouth while running a marathon to spread awareness about Organ Donation

During the Dream Runners Marathon in Chennai on July 22, 2018, MOHAN Foundation organized an enrollment drive for organ donation.   This time as a special gesture towards the cause of organ donation, Dr. K. Jayanth Murali, an IPS officer, in an effort to create awareness on organ donation, attempted to create a new record by running the entire length of half marathon by duct taping his mouth. When the mouth is taped the only option to breathe in, is through the nose and this makes running especially long distances extremely difficult. He covered the distance of 21 km in 2 hours.   This special run was announced to the 4000 runners, to get them motivated for the cause.

May 29, 2018

Highest Tribute to Organ Donors

Highest tribute to organ donors at 17600 feet
Highest tribute to organ donors at 17600 feet

Trained Angel of Change volunteer for organ donation donates his mother’s eyes.

Mr. Parthasarathy, a painting contractor by profession, joined MOHAN Foundation as a life member in 2017. He convinced his family members to sign up for organ donation on Jan 1, 2017. Later, he joined the Foundation as a volunteer to undertake the Angels of Change Volunteer Training in June 2017. Post the training he continued to promote organ donation by making posters and advertisements that had organ donation messages.

His mother, Vatsala, a central figure in his family, took care of his children and home while he was busy travelling in and around Tamil Nadu undertaking painting jobs and contracts. At the age of 74 she started complaining of knee and shoulder pain. She was taken to a hospital in Chennai for observation. During the course of her stay in hospital she was detected with some heart problem for which she underwent angioplasty but later died of cardiac arrest.

Mr. Parthsarathy on his own called up Shankar Netralaya(reputed eye bank in Chennai) and coordinated the donation of the corneas of his mother. He says that though he misses his mother terribly but the fact that she is alive in someone gives lot of solace to him and his family and gives them strength to move on.

Highest Tribute to Organ Donors at the height of 5380 meters

Ms. Pallavi Kumar, (Executive Director –NCR) undertook a very unique and challenging journey last month to pay the highest tribute to organ donors and their families.

On May 4, 2018, she summited the Everest Base Camp reaching an altitude of 5380 meters (17600 feet above sea level) and unfurled a flag expressing her respect and thankfulness to the many organ donors and their families.

The trek involved walking 130 kms over 12 days (walking an average of 10 kms every day, some days up to 18 kms). On the day of the summit, it was snowing and temperatures dipped considerably, dropping to -17 degrees. With numb hands & feet and braving icy winds, Pallavi reached the Everest Base Camp and tied the flag sending out a strong message for the need for organ donation.

“The trek involved dealing with cold, exhaustion and high altitude acclimatization. On some days, the oxygen levels were so low that every step fatigued you. It was so tough at times that I questioned my sanity, as to why did I ever decide to do it. But what kept me going was my strong need to reach the top and the inspiration I took from families who have made this tough choice in their hour of grief and loss” says Pallavi

Roadtrip from Mumbai to London, in support of Organ Donation, undertaken by MOHAN Foundation’s Life member

Mr. BhalShekharChilana is a Life Member with MOHAN Foundation. His daughter was detected with end-stage kidney failure a few years back and in 2017, her life was saved after she received a kidney transplant. Post retirement, he is on a mission to spread awareness and sensitize people on organ donation. He plans to take the message of organ donation to every nook and corner of the world by way of this road-tripstarting from Mumbai and terminating in London, covering 14 countries and travelling 22000 kms in 60 days. He is accompanied with his wife.

On April 23, 2018, MOHAN Foundation organised a flag-off at State Bank of India Building, Nariman Point, Mumbai, inviting State Bank of India’s senior management to do the honors. ShriRajnish Kumar Chairman, State Bank of India, who strongly believes in inspiring by example, said “Everyone must support this cause. I have registered myself as an organ donor. Many of my colleagues have also taken the pledge. On this occasion, I urge all my employees to spread awareness about the cause of Organ Donation”.

Ms. Jaya Jairam Project Manager, MOHAN Foundation Mumbai added, “We are proud of the initiative undertaken by Mr.Chilana. We are coordinating with other organizations promoting organ donation ofthe countries through which Mr.Chilana will be driving through, so that they can welcome his team and share his inspirational story in their country”.

5th FORT-MOHAN Foundation training on Transplant Coordination under the aegis of NOTTO, Gurugram

MOHAN Foundation in partnership with FORT (Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant) under the aegis of NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) successfully completed the "Transplant Coordinators' Training Programme" from April 3-7, 2018. It was held at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram. This was the fifth consecutive year the training was held in partnership with FORT under the guidance of Dr. Avnish Seth (Director, FORT).

A total of 41 delegates of varied profiles - transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses, medical social workers, senior managers, medical superintendent and counsellors from 14 states (Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Kerala, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal) of India attended the training.

Nurses pledge to be organ donor on the occasion on Nurse Day

On May 8, 2018 MOHAN Foundation, Delhi – NCR was invited to deliver a talk on Organ Donation at Medanta – The Medicity, Gurugram on the occasion of Medanta Nurses Week. Dr. Muneet from the foundation started the talk by giving a brief introduction of MOHAN Foundation and its activities. She also spoke about the partnership of Medanta – The Medicity and MOHAN Foundation to augment the deceased donation programme in Medanta. She shared her experience as a Transplant Coordinator at Medanta and the cases she handled. A discussion on the role of the nursing staff in the ICU in the process of organ donation was highlighted. Close to 250 nurses attended the session and equal number of pledge forms were picked up. 160 of them also went ahead and filled up the national pledge form no. 7 given by the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) a National level organization set up under Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Organ donation volunteer donates mother's eyes
Organ donation volunteer donates mother's eyes
5th MF-FORT training for transplant coordinator
5th MF-FORT training for transplant coordinator
Kidney recipient's father spreads awareness
Kidney recipient's father spreads awareness
Nurses pledge to be an organ donor on nurses week
Nurses pledge to be an organ donor on nurses week

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