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Training to augment organ donation in India

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Training to augment organ donation in India
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Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
Training to augment organ donation in India
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.


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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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.

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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.

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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.






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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The last three months have seen various positive developments in the field of organ donation in the country with both the centre as well as some state governments taking some initiatives to boost the organ donation scenario.

The Union Health Ministry has recently prepared guidelines for deceased organ donation in India. The draft guidelines propose a first-ever national registry of patients in the wait-list, and include a point system to prioritize organ supply. This will ensure a fair, transparent and equitable distribution of organs.

In another move, spelling relief for transplant recipients, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has reduced the rates of essential drugs given after a transplant. For a patient, finding a matching organ donor and undergoing a transplant is only half the battle won. Living with a foreign body is not only difficult but also expensive. Most recipients have to be on medication for a lifetime and the drugs don't come cheap.

Adding to the list of cities like Bangalore and Mumbai, the city of Ahmedabad has now made the option available of pledging to donate organs while applying for driver’s license. The need is for the Centre to adopt this so that many more people are the given the option to sign up.

The State of Kerala launched an air ambulance for promoting organ donation in Kerala. The memorandum of understanding for the air ambulance project was signed between the Kerala Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS) and the state-owned Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy where private and government hospitals would be linked to this programme and the aircraft would be used to transport organs from brain-dead patients from one city to the other within the state or from other states.

While the developments have been quite positive and encouraging India still has a long way to go. MOHAN Foundation, of course, continues to do all it can to contribute to creating a more enabling environment towards increasing donations in the country

Donor Action Program for ICU’s at BLK Super Specialty Hospital

Very often the medical personnel have little knowledge on identifying and maintaining a brain dead patient. They especially find it challenging to deal with the family, both to broach the subject of death and organ donation. O April 18, 2016, MOHAN Foundation was invited by BLK Super Specialty Hospital to conduct half day training on the same for ICU consultants, neuro-surgeons & physicians and nurses. The training workshop was done to give the needed push to the ongoing deceased organ donation program in the hospital.

MOHAN Foundation strongly believes that the medical fraternity bears a very big responsibility to make a program on organ donation a success in the hospital. The experience of the family, who has been approached for organ donation, both during the treatment and after the death is declared, makes a huge impact on their decision on donating organs. The need to continue supporting the family even if there is a refusal was stressed upon as that determines the perception of the family towards the hospital as well as how the message would be carried forward outside the hospital.

2nd Transplant Coordinators' Training Program conducted by NOTTO in partnership with MOHAN Foundation at NOTTO Office, New Delhi

NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) in partnership with MOHAN Foundation conducted the second Transplant Coordinators' Training Program from March 1-5, 2016 at NOTTO office, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. The first training was also conducted in partnership with the foundation last year in the month of July.

NOTTO, in partnership with MOHAN Foundation, is in the process of creating a national curriculum for the training of Transplant Coordinators.  Transplant Coordinators are an integral part of the success of organ donation and transplantation as it largely depends upon effective counseling and coordination by transplant coordinators.

35 participants of varied profiles like doctors, nurses, medical social workers, psychologists and quality managers from government hospitals of Delhi-NCR attended the training.

The training was held by the trainers of MOHAN Foundation along with the support of other faculty from Safdarjung and other government and private hospitals.

One Week Transplant Coordinators' Training Programme at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon

MOHAN Foundation in partnership with FORT (Fortis Organ Retrieval & Transplant) under the aegis of NOTTO (National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization) successfully organized a training program for transplant coordinators from April 12-16, 2016 held at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.

58 delegates of varied profiles – transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses, medical social workers, senior managers, medical superintendent and counselors from 11 states (Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh & Kerala) and 2 union territory (Delhi & Chandigarh) of India attended the training.

While the first training focused on government hospital transplant coordinators, this one attracted participants from private hospitals.

 4th ELPAT Congress in Rome

Dr Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee of the Foundation was invited at the said conference to represent India and given the large experience of the Foundation with training transplant coordinators; he made a presentation on, ‘The role of transplant coordinators in public engagement’.

Training the police

As part of an ongoing training program, 97 Grade I police training cadets   under the Chennai wing of the Police Training College were given training on the “Role of Police in Organ Donation” on March 06, 2016 at the Police Training College. The main focus of the program is to clarify the role of investigation officer in deceased organ donation programme and to enable them to streamline processes.

MOHAN Foundation receives the Golden Mikes Awards for ''Best use of Radio

MOHAN Foundation won the Gold Trophy at the Golden Mikes Radio Advertising Awards for the "Best use of Radio" for its campaign titled "Dil Deke Dekho" with 91.1 Radio City. The campaign was run in Delhi-NCR from February 5, 2015 and leading up to February 14, 2015, it being the Valentine's Day. The campaign aimed to promote the cause of organ donation (more so heart donation) and to encourage listeners to pledge their organs on the Valentine's Day.

Golden Mikes celebrate the very best of radio advertising on stations across India and acknowledge the contribution of advertising agencies, media agencies, clients, radio stations, production houses and others to the growth of the medium in the country through these annual awards. This was the 6th edition of the Golden Mikes Awards.

The campaign itself won 3 awards namely:

Gold for "Best use of Radio"

Silver for "Best On Air promotion by a single radio station"

Silver for "Best Public Service Initiative by a radio station

The campaign attracted many celebrities to endorse organ donation. Honorable Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda also congratulated the efforts of the campaign. Many recipients and donor families shared their experiences on air and there were a large number of sign-ups as a result of the campaign.

The campaign highlights have been captured in this sound byte:



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Dr Sunil Shroff gets the JSPL award
Dr Sunil Shroff gets the JSPL award

This was another exciting quarter both for MOHAN Foundation and for the overall deceased donation scenario in the country. Newer cities such as Indore, Aurangabad and Nagpur made donations happen. These are cities where the Foundation has conducted meetings and training with stakeholders and in some cases have prepared a roadmap to help them take forward the deceased donation program and it is gratifying to see the results of the same.

Many of these cities do not have advanced transplant facilities (and only do renal transplants) and therefore organs were airlifted to other cities performing transplants. As a result of these developments, many state governments are now looking at subsidizing the cost of airlifting so that it becomes affordable to patients.

Chief Minister of Kerala, Mr. Oommen Chandy said, “The government will soon sign a MoU with the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Civil Aviation to make available air ambulance service to airlift patients to hospitals in critical situations.”

In Maharashtra, the state's Directorate of Health Services and Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC) held the first round of talks with private flight operators for making interstate and intrastate transport of human organs affordable and feasible.

These are thrilling developments and are indicative of times to come where India will soon show an increased donation rate and thereby help many more of those that require an end stage life saving organ.

MOHAN Foundation continues to get recognized for its unique contribution to the field of organ donation

On January 14, 2016 Dr Sunil Shroff ( Managing Trustee & Founder, MOHAN Foundation) was awarded the Rastriya Swayamsiddh Award in the Individual category (Health) by the JSPL (Jindal Steel & Power limited) Foundation. The chief guest for the evening, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) handed over the awards. 

9 individuals and 10 organizations were awarded for their exemplary work. Dr Shroff who was addressed as the 'father of deceased organ donation in India" was one of the individual awardees.

 Exploring New Frontiers’ - Advanced Transplant Coordinators’ Workshop (3rd Consultative Meeting)

Keeping in mind the unique needs of senior transplant coordinators who have been working on ground since some years, MOHAN Foundation conducts an advanced workshop for them. The forum is also a great opportunity for networking, knowledge sharing and providing support to each other given the demanding nature of this work.

The 3rd Consultative meeting of the same was held at the Radha Regent, Chennai on January 29-30, 2016. The meeting’s focus was to explore strategies to improve organ and tissue donation in India through Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) and tissue banking. Many stakeholders and experts from different parts of the country and from abroad participated in the meeting.

Training workshop in Counseling and Transplant Coordination held in Hyderabad

One week training in Counseling and Transplant Coordination was held from December 14-18, 2015 at Yashoda Hospital, Secunderabad. There were 48 participants from various parts of India such as Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat.

Apart from the scientific sessions, MOHAN Foundation faculty shared moving donor stories, and a film on grief counseling. Other sessions such as life skills for a transplant coordinator, the legal aspects of organ donation and transplantation, establishment of a deceased donation programme in a hospital, role of public education and social media in organ donation etc were covered.

MOHAN Foundation’s trained transplant coordinator at the forefront of deceased organ donation

The year started on a very positive and encouraging note when one of the Foundation’s trained transplant coordinator trained, placed at a hospital where conversions have a been a huge challenge played a pivotal role in getting consent from two families from rural Haryana for organ donations of their brain dead loved ones.

It is very motivating and encouraging for the Foundation to see how the transplant coordinators trained by the Foundation take on challenging roles and change existing scenarios. Haryana has since long been a challenging state in terms of counseling and getting consent.

The way transplant coordinators deal with the family of a brain dead person is a very influencing factor in getting consent from them for organ donation. MOHAN Foundation strongly believes in setting up a cadre of trained professionals who are sensitive to the timely needs of the family of the brain dead person and the way they should be dealing with family right from coordinating between different teams involved in the process of organ retrieval, billing to handling the body to the family. To be a transplant coordinator one needs the passion, commitment for the cause and skills in the same. MOHAN Foundation can provide the skills but passion cannot be taught or given. 

Heart from Aurangabad transplanted in Delhi
Heart from Aurangabad transplanted in Delhi
Donation in Indore, transplant in Mumbai
Donation in Indore, transplant in Mumbai
Brave parents of a brave 7 year old
Brave parents of a brave 7 year old
Deeyan inspires thousands to pledge
Deeyan inspires thousands to pledge
A transplant coordinator speaks...
A transplant coordinator speaks...


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MOHAN Foundation’s work with Transplant Coordinator training gets international recognition

Dr. Sumana Navin (Course Director, MF) represented the Foundation at The Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (CAST) in Singapore and her paper on ‘Impact of Trained Transplant Coordinators on the Deceased Donation Transplantation Programme in India’ was conferred the Best Abstract Award. CAST is the region’s largest and longest-running gathering of transplant physicians, surgeons and other health professionals involved in transplantation.

She also presented a paper on Improving the Deceased Donation Transplantation Rate in India. Both these papers showcased the impact of MOHAN Foundation’s training programmes, public advocacy and out-of-the-box strategies as well as best practices in capacity building, which were very relevant to the countries in the region. Keen interest was displayed in the Transplant Coordinators' Training Programme with the audience wanting more details about the training, the composition of the participants (social workers/nurses etc.), and the challenges faced by transplant coordinators. Prof. A. Vathsala, President, CAST 2015 complimented MOHAN Foundation on the work that it was doing.

MOHAN Foundation Awarded the prestigious British Medical Journal South Asia Award 2015

MOHAN Foundation has been awarded the prestigious British Medical Journal South Asia Award 2015 famously known as “Oscars of Healthcare/Medicine” under Healthcare Advocacy category for its relentless efforts using every tool, methodology, process and technology to promote organ donation in India and South Asia for the past two decades.

MOHAN Foundation has emerged a WINNER among 900 nominations and 36 finalists with 12 winners in different categories. The award was received by Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram (Country Director, MF) at the awards ceremony organized on October 30, 2015, at The Leela, Mumbai.

We at MOHAN Foundation feel that it is extremely important to share the recognition of the excellent work by MOHAN Foundation team that has set standards of excellence in deceased organ donation in India. We have consistently and professionally delivered the very best for organ donation to the people of India and this award is a testimony to our efforts.

''Beginning of the New Dawn'' - A Two Days Conference Of The National Association Of Transplant Coordinators

The two days conference of the National Association of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO) saw 120 enthusiastic delegates from all corners of India.  As this conference was held in conjunction with the Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT) Conference, the delegates had the rare opportunity of listening to some of the finest speakers from all over the world.

The NATCO conference was formally inaugurated by Dr. Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.  He lauded the work done by transplant coordinators, and urged them to continue to do the good work of saving the life of patients that are suffering with end stage organ failure.

Jaipur, Rajasthan continues to make strides

This quarter saw the first liver and heart transplant in Jaipur. This is a significant development in the history of transplantation in Rajasthan, which was so far only performing kidney transplants. MOHAN Foundation began work in Jaipur in partnership with Jaipur Citizen Forum under the MFJCF banner less than 2 years ago, setting up the state’s deceased donation program.

From organ commerce hub to organ donation – The Hindu, November 19, 2015

MOHAN Foundation’s efforts were recognized by The Hindu, a leading newspaper in our country. It mentioned how MOHAN Foundation played a pivotal role to train large numbers of people as grief counsellors and has evolved a fine data management system for co-ordinating voluminous information on transplants and keeping it secure, but transparent. MOHAN Foundation started in 1997 is now seen as an organisation that is now the go-to unit for clarity on aspects of cadaver donation formed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, a urologist, with like-minded folks.

The role of the grief counsellor, speaking to families of brain dead people urging them to consider organ donation at a time of great trial is crucial. The ultimate act of sacrifice by a family agreeing to donate the organs, remains at the heart of the success of the cadaver transplant programme. If there are no donors, there are no recipients, and there is no programme.

Presently Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India has a well-developed program where registries of recipients are maintained. In the case of a brain death the person who is first in the waitlist is entitled to receive an organ. This avoids all the mal practices around organ donation. The Tamil Nadu programme is more committed, transparent, accountable, and all states would do well to follow this model.

All these efforts have tremendously helped in controlling the organ commerce, especially in southern India.



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