This was a significant quarter for the Foundation in more ways than one.
Transplant Coordinators’ Training Program gets Government endorsement
This was indeed a landmark quarter for the Foundation as our training program for Transplant Coordinators received the acknowledgment and endorsement of the government. The Foundation was invited by NOTTO to conduct the first joint Transplant Coordinators’ Training Programme July 20- 24, 2015
NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization) is a National level organization set up under Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. NOTTO will function as an apex centre for all India activities of coordination and networking for procurement and distribution of organ and tissues and registry for the same in the country.
MOHAN Foundation is the only body that conducts training of transplant coordinators in India. Since 2009, we have organized 31 training programs training close to 1000 transplant coordinators. In a recent amendment to the THOA (Transplantation of Human Organs Act 1994), hiring of a transplant coordinator was made mandatory in a transplant centre. This augurs a significant demand for trained transplant coordinators in the country.
MOHAN Foundation has been invited to partner with NOTTO in the process of developing a standardized national training curriculum and this training was the first step towards that process.
The 5 day training attracted 30 participants from across 19 private and government hospitals.
Rajasthan – A success story in the making
MOHAN Foundation began work in Rajasthan last year, a state completely new to organ donation. Health is a state subject in India and many states have yet to start the deceased organ donation program.
Strategic meetings with various stakeholders were held the whole of last year including the government, both private and government hospitals as well as NGOs working in the state - helping them understand the intricacies of a successful deceased donation program. Training programs were conducted with various groups (medical and para medical) on various topics and intense public awareness & sensitization was undertaken. The work received tremendously encouraging support from the Government and many of the meetings were presided by the Honorable Health Minister, Shri Rajendra Rathore.
A one week Transplant Coordinators’ Training was held at Jaipur from July 6 – 10, 2015. There were 72 participants from all over Rajasthan who were trained on grief counseling and other aspects of coordinating deceased organ donation.
Jaipur is now fast emerging as a ray of hope for many patients who are suffering from organ failure. This year the city has already done 6 cadaver donations, which enabled 9 kidney transplants, 1 heart transplant, 5 liver transplants and 12 corneal transplants. All the 5 livers were sent to Delhi through an efficiently created green corridor as Rajasthan still has to start a liver transplant program.
The heart transplant was the first successful cadaver heart transplant in the state of Rajasthan on August 1, 2015. The state is now gearing up for performing liver transplants.
Nationwide campaign on Organ Donation with Times of India
MOHAN Foundation partnered with The Times of India for the largest awareness and ‘signing up’ campaign in the country from August 1-13, 2015.
Times of India is the most widely read English newspaper in India with a readership of 7.643 million. This ranks the Times of India as the top English daily in India by readership.
The campaign aimed to educate the masses about Organ Donation (what is organ donation, what are myths surrounding organ donation, etc.) and encourage them to sign up as Organ Donors. MOHAN Foundation conducted various awareness sessions during the campaign in various schools, colleges and corporates, reaching out to close to 3000 people.
More than 100,000 people pledged to be organ donors during this campaign.
The campaign also saw the participation of the Honorable Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda in a round table where 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 Health Minister to promote organ donation and transplantation in India. The meeting was moderated by MOHAN Foundation.
Angels of Change – Volunteers for Organ Donation
MOHAN Foundation has launched a unique program called "Angels of Change" in which selected volunteers from schools and colleges are taken through a customised training module to enable them to undertake awareness initiatives on organ donation amongst various audiences. The objective of this program is to engage the student volunteers-duly sensitised and trained as agents of change and be effective in changing the mindset of people towards a complex issue like organ donation.
Last year, MOHAN Foundation (Delhi-NCR) undertook a pilot project with Tagore International School, New Delhi to create student volunteers for organ donation. A group of 25 students from grades 9 - 11 were shortlisted to be a part of this training. The students named the initiative “Outlive Yourself”
Weekly sessions over a period of a month were undertaken and these sessions included slide and audio-video presentations on organ donation and brain death, discussions, interactions with recipients/donor family members/medical experts and distribution of literature. Finally, the student volunteers were required to make practice presentations internally before making them to external audiences. Initially Foundation members accompanied them to these interactions and it was observed that after a month of extensive training the students had mastered enough information relevant to organ donation and had inculcated the confidence to take forward the cause of organ donation amongst their teachers, family members, fellow peers, neighbours and society as a whole.
This year nine volunteers have enrolled for the first batch of training and the training began In August.
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