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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Sep 8, 2016

Increasingly aware public demands a better system

In death, he inspires an entire village
In death, he inspires an entire village

 

Braveheart shouts for organ donation in last minutes of life

A 23-year-old resident of Bengaluru met with a tragic accident while returning from his village Gubbi, in Tumakuru district. The accident took place in the Tumakuru-Bengaluru National Highway, where a lorry loaded with sugar bags tried to overtake Harish's bike. Unfortunately, his body went under the wheels of the lorry, got cut into two and was dragged for a few meters.

As he laid into two, the first cry he made to the nearby villagers was to donate his organs. Instead of desperately shouting to save his life, the man asked the passerby to take him to a hospital for harvesting his organs.

He was immediately taken to a hospital and his corneas were harvested. As he was wearing a helmet, his eyes were saved, but all the other organs got damaged in the accident.

His eyes were donated to Narayana Nethralaya. Doctors and the villagers were astonished by the man’s presence of mind and hailed him for his passion for humanity. Nanjappa gave his voice for organ donation in his last minutes even without caring for his life.

Related links:

http://www.medindia.net/news/villagers-pledge-their-eyes-as-a-tribute-to-harish-nanjappas-inspiring-organ-donation-158253-1.htm

In Kolkata, the first multi-organ cadaver transplant gives new life to 4

If cadaver transplant needed a poster family to break the jinx in Kolkata, it's got one in the Sarkars of Panchashayar, a quiet locality on Kolkata's southern fringes. The donor was 71-year-old Sovana. And the men who took up her last wish as a mission were her husband Rabindra and son Prasenjit, who burned up the miles between Health Ministry and the hospital to untangle a maze of red tape. It resulted in the first multi-organ cadaver donation in Kolkata.

It took four days of grind for Prasenjit to get all the clearances. Sovana's corneas, kidneys and liver were extracted on Monday to give new life to at least four others. At the end of an emotional day, Sarkar said, "We are happy that my mother's organs can at last be donated. I felt it is a tough system and the relatives have to search around for officials to get the nod from the government. Instead, there should be an easier process for cadaver donation."

Sovana was admitted to hospital with an acute headache on June 20 but suffered a cardiac arrest the next day and slipped into a deep coma. She was declared brain-dead on June 23. Rabindra, a retired bank officer, and Prasenjit, an entrepreneur, promptly gave their consent for organ donation. Over the next four days, fighting through the grief of losing his mother, Prasenjit ran from one official to another to get all the approvals. All this while, his mother was on ventilation at Peerless Hospital. With the clock ticking, Prasenjit approached the Chief Minister's office. "The CM's office gave the necessary guidance and all the contacts, which led to the transplant," Prasenjit said while surgeries were underway to transplant his mother's kidneys to recipients.

Related links:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Kolkatas-first-multi-organ-cadaver-transplant-gives-new-life-to-4/articleshow/52950651.cms

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/In-Kolkata-a-lifeline-for-organ-donation/articleshow/53088014.cms

Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme Successfully Held In Kochi, Kerala

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 the Kerala Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS), conducted a one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from July 18-22, 2016 at Aster Medcity, Kochi, Kerala. This was the first time that such a training programme was held in Kerala. There were 51 candidates not only from Kerala, but also Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Puducherry and Delhi.

Three green corridors help save six lives in Delhi

In yet another landmark incident, three green corridors created from Max Healthcare hospital in Shalimar Bagh to Max hospitals in Patparganj and Saket and to a liver Institute in Vasant Kunj saved six lives in Delhi.

The feat wwas achieved around 9 p.m. on June 10, 2016. The first green corridor was over 32 km long from Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh to Max Hospital, Patparganj; the second stretched 40 km to Max Hospital, Saket; and the third was 38 km long to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) at Vasant Kunj.

While one kidney harvested from the cadaver of a 57-year-old woman - a resident of Sonepat in Haryana - was transplanted in Max Super Specialty Hospital, Shalimar Bagh itself, her other kidney and heart were transported to Patparganj and Saket, respectively. Other organs donated included corneas, which were transported to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and liver, which was transported to ILBS, Vasant Kunj.

A team of experts from Max Super Specialty Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, worked for more than nine hours to ensure a seamless and successful harvesting.

Times of India (TOI) campaign

In its fourth year, TOI’s Organ Donation Daycampaign with MOHAN Foundation as its knowledge partner aimed to further increase awareness about organ donation, help dispel myths and explore issues that deter organ donation. The campaign, whose earlier chapters motivated thousands to sign up as donors in a matter of weeks, also aimed to engage with relevant authorities to prioritize the setting up of infrastructure to ensure organ donation is a fair practice, and the process smooth enough so donated organs do not go waste.

Minister Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meets with stakeholders

On August 9, 2016, Times of India in partnership with MOHAN Foundation hosted a round table wherein representatives of DGHS (Director General of Health Services) and NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) along with doctors from public as well private hospitals submitted their recommendations to Honorable Health Minister Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda to promote organ donations and transplants in India.

Shri J.P. Nadda in his address stressed on the need for a mass movement to promote organ donations across the country and save lives. He further added that the government would take steps within a week to develop a policy mechanism and address the institutional gaps. The act of giving life, he said, should be turned into a year-round movement. Sh Nadda said his ministry would hold detailed consultations with all stakeholders and initiate steps to institutionalize the process of organ donation and transplantation. Highlighting the gaps in awareness on the issue, Nadda said an all-inclusive approach was needed. "We cannot compartmentalize issues. We should strategize in a holistic manner to create more social awareness and simultaneously build capacity and address logistics and legal issues," he said.

https://youtu.be/8CV75kT8Qh8

 

 

 

 

 

Country Director,MOHAN Foundation honored
Country Director,MOHAN Foundation honored
Health Minister interacting with stakeholders
Health Minister interacting with stakeholders
Harish, the braveheart
Harish, the braveheart

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