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

    Feb 27, 2018

    Inventive public campaigns by MOHAN Foundation

    Qutub Minar turns green to support organ donation
    Qutub Minar turns green to support organ donation

    Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Sit, turns green in support of Organ Donation

    On 17th of February the iconic Qutub Minar was bathed in green to highlight the cause of organ donation, which is conventionally represented by a green ribbon.  It symbolized hope for those who are waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation. It reminded us of the men, women and children who have died waiting for a life-saving transplant. Most importantly, it conveyed our gratitude to Organ Donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of all, the gift of life.

    At the event, the Foundation showcased an exhibition titled “Life before Ashes” - featuring human organ installations made from a mix of real human ashes and mud. The underlying message was simple but powerful – ‘What have become ashes could have been another human’s heart or kidney. If only the organs were donated.’

    The foundation also released a film on “Counseling potential donor families” at the event. It is a film made by MOHAN Foundation on how the treating physician along with the Transplant Coordinator can approach a family to request for organ donation.

    Given the fact the India has an abysmal organ donation rate of 0.8 per million population, ranking amongst the lowest in the world, there is a greater need for coordinated efforts between policy makers, public and private hospitals, NGOs etc. - this annual Samarthan event is an attempt by MOHAN Foundation to make this happen.

    Metro Retro - A Celebration of Life

    Metro Retro - A Celebration of Life- a first-ever musical event organised at a Metro Rail Station in India on December 3, 2017. The concert was organised by MOHAN Foundation in honour of its 20th anniversary, in celebration of its journey in giving the ‘Gift of Life’ through organ donation. The event was organised to celebrate the Golden Jubliee of the first heart transplant in the world and to acknowledge heart transplants being done in India more so in the state of Tamil Nadu.

    Many said this was truly an event to remember, with its unique choice of venue for a music concert and to spread the message of organ donation. Around 80 people pledged to be organ donors and picked up a donor card.  

    Rangoli Competition at Metro Station for the promotion of organ donation

    The open air car park of the Thirumangalam Metro Station, Chennai was transformed to an art exhibition area to promote organ donation. MOHAN Foundation organised a Rangoli Competition in association with Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) on 6thJanuary 2018 at the Thirumangalam Metro Station.

    The theme of the Rangoli was (Indelible Designs) – Organ Donation. There were 13 pairs of students from 8 colleges of Chennai and 26 pairs of older women who created beautifully thought out designs to bring out the concept of organ donation. The youngest participant was 7 years and eldest was 62 years old. Nearly 100 people were present at the venue and many metro users came to see the rangoli and picked up donor cards

    More than 4000 villages reached out with the help of Rajasthan Government

    MOHAN Foundation Jaipur Citizen Forum (MFJCF) - Navjeevan had initiated a program to take Organ Donation awareness into rural areas of Rajasthan under the aegis of Rajasthan Government. An opening ceremony of Panchayat Level Organ Donation Awareness program was held on October 11, 2017 at village Muhana of Sanganer block, under the presidency of Mr. Rajendra Singh Rathore, Minister (Rural Development Department, Rajasthan Government).

    With the efforts of sarpanch (elected head of the village) and general secretary of the various villages a huge momentum has been created and till date 44 awareness sessions have been conducted in the villages of Sanganer and Jhotwara Panchayat Smiti. More than 4994 villagers got sensitized about the noble cause of organ donation. It was a successful event by MOHAN Foundation Jaipur Citizen Forum team because it ignited the sensitization moment for the rural public of Rajasthan. This is a start of a journey to reach out to the grass root level to sensitize them about the cause of organ donation.

    Bikers Rally on Organ Donation

    A group of likeminded people started awareness rally on organ donation from Kashmir to Kanyakumari on bikes. All of them were women, and the title for the rally was “BE THE CHANGE”. Throughout the journey, they spread awareness on organ donation through distributing donor cards and information brochures.

    The group visited MOHAN Foundation offices on their route to clarify doubts and picked up donor cards and information brochures.

    Pan India sensitisation for 107 year old public sector bank, Central Bank of India

    MOHAN Foundation was approached by EPOCH Brand Services Pvt. Ltd. a brand activation and event management company to organize organ donation awareness talks for the employees and officers of Central Bank of India across their offices in India to commemorate the completion of 107 years of the bank. A total of 13 awareness sessions were carried out in the cities of Chennai, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Kochi. Nearly 650 staffs of Central Bank of India were sensitized and 470 of them pledged to be an organ donor. This is a huge feet considering that when one staff is trained then there family is also trained.

    Family organises Awareness Program on Organ Donation in father’s memory

    Mr. Balaji, son of late Shri. Madhava Rao invited MOHAN Foundation to conduct was an awareness program on Organ Donation on 20th December 2017. The session was a part of 14th day memorial for Mr. Madhava Rao. Mr. Balaji explained that as his father late Shri. Madhava Rao donated his eyes; he decided to arrange Organ Donation awareness for his community. The family also runs AIMS (All India Movement for Service), an NGO at Vyasarpadi, Chennai.

    MOHAN Foundation was awarded for its work in the field of organ donation

    On November 24, 2017, MOHAN Foundation was invited to a CME organized by Jaslok Hospital in connection with organ donation. The theme of the CME was Organ Donation- A Gift that Lives On. MOHAN Foundation was awarded for its exemplary work in the field of organ donation along with a few other NGOs in the field.

    MOHAN Foundation participates in International Workshop on Futuristic Healthcare Technology: Telemedicine and Medical Drone in Chennai

    A two-day international workshop on Futuristic Healthcare Technology: Telemedicine and Medical Drones were held on 16th and 17th December 2017 at Apollo Children’s Hospital, Chennai. It was organised by National Design Research Forum (NDRF), Bengaluru and the Institution of Engineers (India) in association with Apollo Tele Health Services (ATHS) and National Institute of Advanced Studies. Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee, MOHAN Foundation is on the National Advisory Committee for these workshops and was invited to moderate the panel discussion. The workshop was well attended with engineers, scientists, technologists, transplant surgeons, doctors, and tele health specialists participating.

    The aim of the workshop was to look at how healthcare delivery could be augmented by leveraging advances in interdisciplinary engineering practice to develop affordable and innovative medical and healthcare devices. Access to better and appropriate technologies to match the health needs of the population (especially in rural and inaccessible areas) would enable disease prevention, early diagnostics, and effective treatment.

    Life before ashes art installations
    Life before ashes art installations
    India's first musical concert at metro station
    India's first musical concert at metro station
    Rangoli competition at metro station parking
    Rangoli competition at metro station parking
    Organ donation helpline poster get awarded
    Organ donation helpline poster get awarded
    Awareness through Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
    Awareness through Airtel Delhi Half Marathon


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