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Mar 3, 2015

Report for the quarter December 2014 - February 2015

This was an exciting quarter at the MOHAN Foundation with a training program every month and close to 100 Transplant Coordinators accessed.

In the month of December, MOHAN Foundation collaborated with ZTCC (Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre, Mumbai) to conduct its 17th One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme from 8-12 December, 2014 at KEM Hospital, Mumbai. The ZTTC is a registered body formed by the Appropriate Authority by a government resolution in the year 2001. It consists of CEO of all the recognized hospitals, NGOs, Experts in the transplant surgery of various organs, prominent citizens of the city.

There were 34 participants from various parts of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

It was extremely heartening to see the participation ofthe parents of a young heart transplant recipient, Hvovi. As a unique gesture in support for the cause, they enrolled in the training to learn in detail about the nuances of transplant coordination and helping families of the deceased during the process of organ donation. Amidst Indian conditions where the government strictly restricts recipient and donor families from interacting with each other, the couple felt this was the best way to express their gratitude to the donor who saved their daughter’s life.

They said-

“The most emotionally draining part of the whole experience was the wait for word from the hospital regarding availability of a suitable heart. As each day dawned, we were filled with hope that today would be the day we would receive the news we so eagerly awaited. As each day drew to an end without that much awaited phone call from the hospital, we were filled with despair. Would it be too late for her by the time a heart became available?”

Likewise, a kidney transplant recipient who was looking forward to taking up the role of a transplant coordinator also participated in the training.

The quarter turned out to mark many such firsts for MOHAN Foundation as we trained 18 participants for the first time in the state of Odisha at the 18th One Week Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme held at the Department of Nephrology, Urology and Renal Transplant Unit, SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack from February 16 -20, 2015. Odisha has been gradually emerging as a pro organ donation state gaining from the example of the adjacent southern states. The legal, socio-cultural, ethical aspects of organ donation and transplantation, logistics, transplant registry were covered as well as detailed sessions on counseling donor families were conducted in this workshop.

Using the programme as an ideal opportunity, a CME (Continuing Medical Education) on brain death and deceased organ donation was held for the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISSCM), Bhubaneswar chapter on the evening of February 16, 2015 where MOHAN Foundation Faculty was invited.

On January 30, 2015 senior transplant coordinators met in Chennai for a consultative meeting.  Of the 47 participants, 30 were transplant coordinators with experiences ranging from 3 years to 15 years. This is the second such national meeting that has been held to address the learning needs and challenges faced by senior transplant coordinators in the country. The meeting also served as an opportunity to felicitate significant contributions made by Transplant Coordinators.

On the same day, 2015 MOHAN Foundation signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), UK. The objective of this understanding will be to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between the two organizations with the aim of increasing the organ donation rate in India and the United Kingdom (UK). The educational material shared by the NHSBT in the past has been used regularly during the transplant coordinators’ training workshops till date and this collaboration gives us the access to more such material. The MoU was reaffirmed in UK on the February 26, 2015 in London at the House of Lords. 

MOHAN Foundation had begun its work in the state of Rajasthan early last year, conducting training programs and sensitizing the medical fraternity. We witnessed another historic moment as the first deceased donation took place in the city of Jaipur took place. A 6 year old, little boy from the rural area got a head injury and was undergoing treatment in Mahatama Gandhi Hospital, Jaipur. The transplant coordinator trained by MOHAN Foundation who counseled the parents of the child said it was the toughest challenge he had to face. Nevertheless the couple agreed to donate and the child’s kidneys and liver helped save three lives. This comes as an affirmation to MOHAN Foundations presence in Jaipur in the previous months.

Though this turned out to be a very eventful quarter we are still working hard towards training as many people possible. Health is a state subject in India; newer states are now showing interest and therefore will require training and hand holding. The steady support of our contributors at Global Giving has proved as a constant motivation in this endeavor. We are grateful for the same and hope that we are continued to be supported in the days to come.


Dec 1, 2014

MOHAN Foundation trains "Angels of Organ donation"

The exultant group of participants
The exultant group of participants

MOHAN Foundation conducted a Transplant Coordinators’ training workshop from November 16 - 21, 2014 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. This program which was facilitated by the funds raised through the GlobalGiving project was organized in collaboration with the ZCCK (Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation). The foundation is indebted to the spontaneous willingness of the generous supporters who have helped a total of 20 transplant coordinators to be successfully trained through this workshop.

The faculty comprised of a highly enthusiastic team of doctors and transplant coordinators from BGS Global Hospitals-Bengaluru, Victoria Hospital-Bengaluru, MOHAN Foundation, ZCCK, and Nayana Jyothi-Bengaluru. The training consisted of sessions of role plays and lectures meticulously put together by the foundation to help the transplant coordinators play the given role in a hospital setting with the required knowhow.

The participants were a motivated and lively group that did not flinch from asking tough questions to the faculty. One of the participants Ms. Shruthi J., ICU Staff Nurse from Victoria Hospital had a unique way of showing her appreciation for the transplant coordinators from MOHAN Foundation – Mr. K. Prakash and Ms. Akshatha. She had fashioned crowns for them and they were felicitated as ‘Angels of Organ Donation’ by Dr. Sonal Asthana, Head of the Department, Hepatobiliary Surgery and Multi-organ Transplantation, BGS Global Hospital.

At the valedictory session Dr. N.K. Venkataramana Vice Chairman and Chief Neurosurgeon, BGS Global Hospitals presented certificates to all the participants. He urged them to practice whatever they had learnt in the training programme and make it ‘viral’. Mr. Satish Gadennavar, ICU Staff Nurse from Victoria Hospital and Ms. Divya S., Staff Nurse from BGS Global Hospitals shared their feedback.

 “We found the course very useful and beneficial. We learnt how to motivate families for organ donation. We will educate the community and make them aware about this concept."

-Mr. SatishGadennavar, ICU Staff Nurse, Victoria Hospital, Bengaluru

 The training program was really helpful for me to get complete understanding on Cadaver and Live donor organ transplantation. As i have been working more than three years in corporate hospitals as a transplant coordinator, i have organised more than 70 cadaver organ transplantation and  50 Living Donor Liver Transplantation. The training program from MOHAN Foundation is really helpful for me in the field of organ donation

 -Mr. Mukesh, Global Hospitals

 "It was a good training programme. We all want to become 'Angels of Organ Donation'."

-Ms. Divya S., Staff Nurse, BGS Global Hospitals, Bengaluru

This Workshop also enabled MOHAN Foundation reach the mark of training 700 transplant coordinators since it started the training program 3 years ago. Each one of these 700 transplant coordinators have been angels for numerous people in need of a life saving organ. 

In this regard, Mr. Prakash, a recent trainee, recalls the case of a young engineering diploma holder, Mr R. Loganathan who gave life to 5 patients. When Prakash spoke to the donor’s mother she said that he was a kind, humble and helpful person who was loved and cherished by the entire village and even though she was profoundly shocked, she decided to donate her son’s organs thereby saving half a dozen lives. Prakash recalls that during the instances in which he approached the family he was surer about dealing with the situation as he had attended the training which had simulated similar conditions.

The training session organized in Bengaluru was the first of many more sessions which will be organized to train a total of 100 transplant coordinators who shall help augment the deceased donation rates in their respective hospitals. The foundation also looks forward to receiving feedback from the supporters with suggestions and ideas to be incorporated in the forthcoming sessions.

Participants engrossed in a role play session
Participants engrossed in a role play session
An "Angel of Organ donation" being crowned
An "Angel of Organ donation" being crowned
Satish Gadennavar  Trainee
Satish Gadennavar Trainee
Ms Divya S Trainee
Ms Divya S Trainee
Mrs Rajalakshmi with a photo of her son Loganathan
Mrs Rajalakshmi with a photo of her son Loganathan
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