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May 31, 2017

MOHAN Foundation partners with the Government to train across the country

Feedback from trained transplant coordinators
Feedback from trained transplant coordinators

Training of Transplant Coordinators

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 conducted 3 training programs for Transplant Coordinators this quarter.

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

This was in collaboration with Bhopal Organ Donation Society (BODS) March 27-31, 2017. A total of 25 candidates 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.

Bengaluru, Karnataka

This was conducted in collaboration with Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK), and The Integrated Liver Care Foundation (ILC) from February 13-17, 2017 and 34 candidates successfully completed the training. This was the 43rd training programme conducted by MOHAN Foundation and the ninth in partnership with NOTTO.

Gurugram, Haryana

In partnership with FORT (Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant) 58 delegates underwent the training from April 11-15, 2017

Training of intensive care professionals

Practical and Technical Aspects of Brain Death and Organ Donation, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

MOHAN Foundation in collaboration with Bhopal Organ Donation Society successfully conducted a CME March 28, 2017. The focus was on ‘Practical and Technical Aspects of Brain Death and Organ Donation.’ There were 18 health care professionals for the CME that included anesthetists, Intensivists and ICU staff.

Brain Death Optimization Training Program, Jaipur, Rajasthan

On April 28, 2017, MOHAN Foundation conducted a one day Brain Death Optimization Training Program. More than 40 ICU doctors and nursing staff attended the program. 

4th batch of Angels of Change Volunteers successfully complete their training

MOHAN Foundation has launched a unique program called “Angels of Change” in which selected student volunteers from schools and colleges are taken through a customized training module to enable them to undertake awareness initiatives on organ donation amongst various audiences.

The fourth batch of Angels of Change Volunteers Training for Organ Donation that began on December 5, 2016 with students of Bal Bharti Public School, New Delhi concluded on May 17, 2017. Each of the participants conducted a public awareness session on organ donation on their own thereby fulfilling the criteria to be awarded a certificate certifying them as ‘Angel of Change Volunteer,’ trained by MOHAN Foundation.

20 students from classes VIII-XI undertook the training. Post the training, students made mock presentations in groups of 2-5 and each presentation was assessed based on the content and accuracy of the information given. This was followed by public awareness session by the students at their school for teachers and students and at a regional passport office.

MOHAN Foundation invited to round-table discussion on End of Life Care in Mathura

Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee and Dr. Sumana Navin, Course Director, MOHAN Foundation were invited to a round-table discussion on ‘End of Life Care in India: Connecting the Dots, Building a Coalition’ on April 29 & 30, 2017 at Mathura. It brought together senior doctors across specialties, lawyers, bureaucrats and public intellectuals who came out with ‘The Mathura Declaration – A Call to Action for Ensuring Humane Care at the End of Life’. The meeting focused on four key areas – End of Life Care (EOLC) Legislation, the Economics of Dying in India, Religion Spirituality Mortality, and putting it all Together.

Dr. Shroff spoke on ‘Towards a Uniform Definition of Death: Why it Matters’. He emphasized that conversations about organ donation were a part of good EOLC.

Father spreads awareness on Organ Donation in son’s memory.

MOHAN Foundation was invited for an awareness program on organ donation by SOLOMON MEMORIAL TRUST in Perambur on April 30, 2017.  This session needs a mention as it was organized by Mr. David Chelladurai whose son met with an accident nearly a year ago. At the time his son died, he had no idea about organ donation and no one gave him the option for the same. He felt that donating his son’s organs could have saved lives and helped the family find solace in the thought that their son is living on in others. This has encouraged him to create awareness on organ donation.

MOHAN Foundation counselor and a challenging case
MOHAN Foundation counselor and a challenging case
Fourth batch of Angels of Change Volunteers
Fourth batch of Angels of Change Volunteers
Feedback from Principal on Angels of Change
Feedback from Principal on Angels of Change
Course Director honoured for training
Course Director honoured for training
Womentor Award for Country Director
Womentor Award for Country Director

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Mar 2, 2017

Diverse training by MOHAN Foundation equips medical personnel to facilitate organ donation

Commencement of fourth batch of "Angels of Change"
Commencement of fourth batch of "Angels of Change"

Health and emergency helpline staff trained to take calls on brain death and organ donation

Training on answering calls on an Organ Donation Helpline was conducted for 104 staff members of National Health Mission at Swasthya Bhawan, Jaipur. It began with an introduction on the need for the training followed by a pre-training survey. Basic concepts of organ donation and brain death were clarified. A short movie on brain death was shown to the trainees.

Training manuals were distributed to the participants and they were explained: “how to answer a call?”  They were showed some audio tapes of typical calls that have been answered by the MOHAN Foundation organ donation helpline in the past 4 years. A quiz round was conducted to involve the participants and they were also asked participants to fill the post-training survey.  Every candidate had to undergo an MCQ test to gauge their understanding of the concept. At the end, the candidates filled a training evaluation form.

Workshop on “Revisiting Contraindications to Corneal Donation”

On January 21, 2017, MOHAN Foundation and Fortis Organ Retrieval &Transplant (FORT) under the aegis of NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) organized a workshop on, “Revisiting Contraindications to Corneal Donation”. National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Eye Bank Association of India (EBAI), SightLife and Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital were the other co-organizers.

The objective of the workshop was to bring organ and eye donation under a common umbrella and to review the contraindications as laid down in Standards of Eye Banking in India by National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. It was felt that 80% of the time, corneas could not be harvested as per the contraindications laid down. There were times when the organs were retrieved but the experts refused corneas. The workshop aimed at bringing together all the stakeholders involved at various levels of eye care services, governmental & non-governmental organizations on a common platform to discuss, review and reach a consensus for updating of the module and submit it to NPCB.

One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme

January 2017, Pune

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 Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC) - Pune conducted a ‘One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from January 16-20, 2017 at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital (DMH), Pune, Maharashtra. There were 51 participants not only from different places in Maharashtra but also Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. This was the 41st training programme conducted by MOHAN Foundation and the seventh in partnership with NOTTO.

February 2017, Bengaluru

‘One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme’ under the aegis of National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India was organised by MOHAN Foundation in collaboration with Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK) from 13th to 17th February 2017 at Aster CMI, Bengaluru. There were 34 participants from different the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and even Delhi-NCR. This was the 43rd training programme and the ninth in partnership with NOTTO conducted by MOHAN Foundation

Continuing Medical Education seminar (CME)

MOHAN Foundation conducted a Continuing Medical Education seminar (CME) at Chettinad Super Specialty Hospital, Kelambakkam on January 27, 2017. The program focused on sensitizing the medical professionals on technical and practical aspects of organ donation and the legal implications that ought to be done when a brain death is certified and organ donation is possible.

Another CME on “Deceased Organ Donation and Transplantation” was conducted at the Justice K.S Hegde Charitable Hospital, Mangalore on December 10, 2016". The CME was organized by the Department of Nephrology, Justice K.S Hegde Charitable Hospital with the aim of sensitizing doctors, nurses and students (medical and paramedical) on the various aspects of organ donation and transplantation - medical, legal and counseling. This initiative was supported by MOHAN Foundation and Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation (ZCCK).

Enhance Lives through Tissue donation - Tissue Banking Workshop in Jaipur

MOHAN Foundation hosted an International Tissue Banking Workshop in Jaipur on November 28, 2016.  Looking into the need for Tissue Banking in Rajasthan, the workshop addressed all the queries related to establishment, processing and maintaining standards of a Tissue Bank.  48 doctors and others attended the workshop. 

MOHAN Foundation commences its fourth batch of "Angels of Change".

MOHAN Foundation commenced its fourth batch of "Angels of Change" volunteers training for Organ Donation with students of Bal Bharati Public School, New Delhi. 24 students from standard VIII-XI joined the program and attended the first session for a basic introduction to the topic and initial orientation.

On December 14, 2016, the second session was conducted at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi. The objective of the session was to provide an opportunity to the volunteers to interact with medical experts in the field to increase their knowledge and to clarify their doubts.

The third session was conducted on December 21, 2016.In this session, they interacted with a donor family, a liver recipient, and a kidney recipient. The objective of the session was to provide an opportunity to the volunteers to understand the real feelings of a donor family as they take this very difficult decision to donate a loved one's organs; and also of people living with end-stage organ failure awaiting a transplant and how their lives change once they have received the gift of a life-saving organ.

On January 31, 2017, the fourth session was conducted at Bal Bharti Public School, Gurgaon. In this session, the students made a mock presentation in front of MOHAN Foundation faculty. The main objective of this session was to help the students to prepare for an awareness session in front of general public. Feedback was given on the basis of the style of presentation, the content of the information that was provided and its accuracy and validity, and overall presentation. Post the presentations of the volunteers, they were given tips on how they could improve upon their presentations.

MOHAN Foundation partners with NDTV
MOHAN Foundation partners with NDTV
MOHAN Foundation felicitated by NOTTO
MOHAN Foundation felicitated by NOTTO
MOHAN Foundation wins Best Website of Year,2016
MOHAN Foundation wins Best Website of Year,2016
Bride and groom pledge for organ donation
Bride and groom pledge for organ donation
Greater measures by centre and private hospitals
Greater measures by centre and private hospitals

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Dec 6, 2016

Further efforts in new states

More hope through Bhopal
More hope through Bhopal

Further efforts in new states

Organ Transplant Summit 2016, Raipur, Chhattisgarh

MOHAN Foundation was invited to organize the first ever Organ Transplant Summit in Chattisgarh by DKS Post Graduate Institute & Research Centre Raipur, Chhattisgarh. It is one of the first moves to adopt the system for organ donation by the state of Chattisgarh.

The Summit was aimed to sensitise and educate medical and non-medical representatives on the various aspects of organ donation and transplantation and had experts from various fields from across the country to address the participants.

The Honorable Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Sh. Raman Singh in his address assured that the Chhattisgarh government would fully support the transplant program going forward. He acknowledged that while there has been a delay, the state of Chhattisgarh will soon adopt the Transplantation of Human Organs Act and begin whatever work that is required to start transplantations in the state. The Health Minister echoed the sentiments of the Chief Minister and assured everyone present of full support from the government.

Dr. Sunil Shroff made a presentation on, "Organ Donation & Transplant - An overview and current status in India".  He discussed what all ingredients are needed to start an organ donation and transplant program in the country. Ms. Pallavi Kumar gave an overview on The Transplantation of Human Organs Act and rules.

The panelists debated upon the roadmap for Chhattisgarh to enable transplants to start in the state and the role that various stakeholders will be required to play to make it happen.

MOHAN Foundation participates in 3rd COREP 2016- make 1 para

Ms. Pallavi Kumar represented the MOHAN Foundation at the 3rd COREP (Conference of Renal Healthcare Professionals) held at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow on September 11 & 12, 2016. MOHAN Foundation was one of the partners for the workshop. A half day workshop was organized on Deceased Organ Donation within , with sessions on Brain Death. Ms Pallavi Kumar made a presentation on “Transplantation of Human Organs Act” and “Counseling families for Organ Donation.”

More transplant coordinators gets trained

More transplant coordinators gets trained to spread the message of organ donation and enable more families for organ donation.

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Under the aegis of National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, MOHAN Foundation in collaboration with Jeevandan, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Ramesh Hospitals, conducted a one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from 14th to 18th November 2016 at Ramesh Hospitals, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. It is the first time that any such program was organized in Guntur which is another new area where MOHAN Foundation has entered to promote and set up the system on organ donation. 35 candidates were present not only from Andhra Pradesh, but also Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. They received their certificates with a unique registration number from NOTTO, the apex body incharge of promoting organ donation

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Navjeevan-MFJCF Team and MOHAN Foundation held a one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme at the J K Lon Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan from 12th to 16th September 2016. There were 74 participants from all over Rajasthan and India. This is the 38th training programme that is being conducted by MOHAN Foundation.

Delhi

NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) in partnership with MOHAN Foundation conducted its fifth Transplant Coordinators' Training Program from September 26-30, 2016 at NOTTO office, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. 39 participants of varied profiles like doctors, nurses, medical social workers, psychologists and quality managers from both private and government hospitals of Delhi-NCR attended the training. In the valedictory session the newly trained transplant coordinators were reminded of their importance to make organ donation a successful program. It is only when the transplant coordinators push the system in the hospitals to set up an organ donation program and show their empathic approach towards the families that would accelerate the process of organ donation in our country.

National Deceased Donation Simulation Workshop organized by NOTTO in partnership with MOHAN Foundation, VMMC & Safdarjung Hospital and ISCCM - small

In the first of its kind, NOTTO in partnership with MOHAN Foundation, Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital and Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM), Delhi, organized the National Deceased Donation Clinical Simulation Workshop on October 10, 2016.

Doctors in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) have a key role to play in the deceased donation programme. The Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act, 2011 and the Rules, 2014 have expanded the brain-stem death certification panel which now includes  anaesthetists / intensivists nominated by the head of the hospital and duly empanelled by the Appropriate Authority to certify brain death as a member of the Board of Medical Experts. In addition, ICU doctors are involved in "required request" and in donor optimization if the family consents to donate the organs of their brain dead relative. MOHAN Foundation over the years has conducted 10 such workshops in the country.

This one-day certificate course was in collaboration with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), UK as part of the MoU signed between MOHAN Foundation and NHSBT, UK, to work together to improve the organ donation rate in both countries.

The rationale behind the course was:

  • Any opportunity for deceased donation occurs at times of significant family distress and it is often inappropriate to allow junior staff to take a lead in discussing donation with families.
  • It is usually not possible to ‘train’ during these periods, due to it being a time of sensitivity. Therefore, much of the learning occurs in a piecemeal fashion on the job and quite removed from the real world of the critical care environment.
  • Simulation allows staff training and development in a safe environment while enacting real-time events.

 “Knowledge enriches and empowers” - 9th Annual Transplant Coordinators’ Conference held in Chandigarh, October 2016

The 9th Annual Transplant Coordinators’ Conference was organized by MOHAN Foundation and the National Association of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO) under the aegis of the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT) and National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) on 8th & 9th October, 2016 at Hotel Hyatt, Chandigarh. 93 delegates from various hospitals / institutions attended the conference.

The Swamy Narayan Memorial Lecture, the highlight of the conference, by Dr. Dale Gardiner on “Achieving moral balance in organ donation – Clinical decisions”. Dr. Dale Gardiner’s lecture addressed many pertinent points related to the ethics of organ donation. He emphasised that talking about organ donation was part of good end of life care and that families should be given the opportunity to say ‘Yes’. He said that for ICU doctors and staff a responsibility ensues because of their obligation to the patient and family under their care, that the giver can give their gift. He spoke about how to practise objective ethics and developing ethics as a skills by using the moral balance, i.e., balancing out the four principles of medical ethics – Beneficence, Non-maleficence, Autonomy and Justice.

The conference covered a series of interesting topics which were presented by excellent speakers across the country. To name a few, Symposium on raising funds for transplant recipients, Ensuring relationships in living donor transplant programme – Transplant Coordinators’ Role, Post-transplant issues in women and children, Transplant Coordinators’ dealing with stress and burnout.

SAMARTHAN 2016 - Doctors singing in aid of Organ Donation - pictures

On November 6, 2016, MOHAN Foundation organized an awareness event, "SAMARTHAN 2016 - Doctors singing in aid of Organ Donation," at Zorba, MG Road, New Delhi. The event presented a unique opportunity to witness doctors of various specialties from leading hospitals across Delhi-NCR come together and sing in their melodious voice, old & popular Bollywood numbers in aid of organ donation.

Dr. Yash Gulati, Senior Consultant, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgeon, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital was the MC for the event. The doctors who regaled the audience with their talent were Dr. Ashok Rajgopal Executive Director & Chairman of Fortis Bone & Joint Institute, Fortis Group of Hospitals, Dr. Sudipto Pakrasi Chairman, Division of Ophthalmology, Medanta - The Medicity & the curator of the show, Dr. Ramani Narasimhan Senior Consultant, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, IP Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Harsh Mahajan Founder & Chief Radiologist, Mahajan Imaging, Dr. Praveen Khilnani Director Paediatric Critical Care & Pulmonology Services, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, Dr. N. Subramanian Senior Consultant, Urology, IP Apollo Hospitals, Dr. K. Lalitha Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia, IP Apollo Hospitals and Dr. Padmavati Dua better known as Dr. Chinna Dua.

A separate sign up table was placed near the registration desk where people who wished to pledge their organs could pick up their donor cards. A MF representative was there to give them complete information of the sign up process.

Many distinguished personalities and supporters of the cause attended the event and it was made more memorable by the beautiful music and songs sung by the doctors.

MF Delhi participates in walkathon organised by NOTTO    

On November 27, 2016, MOHAN Foundation Delhi-NCR team participated in the walkathon organized by NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation) in association with NDTV and Fortis Group of Hospitals. The walkathon was a part of activities leading up the 7th Indian Organ Donation Day being celebrated on November 30, 2016. The 1 km walk from India Gate to Nirman Bhavan saw the participation of thousands of people from various public and private hospitals, NGOs, NCC cadets and others.

The walk culminated at Nirnam Bhavan where the Honorable Health Minister, Sh J P Nadda addressed the gathering and urged those present to pledge for organ donation and help bridge the huge gap between demand and availability of organs. Ms Pallavi Kumar received her donor card from Sh Nadda.

Chattisgarh Gov. joins hands with MOHAN Foundation
Chattisgarh Gov. joins hands with MOHAN Foundation
Samarthan 2016 -Doctors singing for Organ Donation
Samarthan 2016 -Doctors singing for Organ Donation

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