Organ Donation Day in India is celebrated on the 13th of August every year by the people, government organizations, and other related professions in order to motivate normal human beings to donate their organs as well as to understand the value of organ donation in the life of an individual.
Importance of Organ Donation Day
Organ transplantation could play a major role in their beautiful life by increasing their period of living a life more than expected. The donor of the organs plays the role of God in the life of an organ-transplanted person.
One organ donor can save more than 8 lives in his life by donating his good functional organs. The Organ Donation Day campaign, which is celebrated every year on August 13th, provides a great opportunity in everyone’s life to come ahead and pledge to donate their precious organs.
It’s the honor of medical researchers who had experimented for years with many failures for getting successful results in organ donation as well as organ transplantation in the life of human beings.
Finally, they got a successful result in the crucial process of organ transplanting. The organs which can be successfully transmitted are kidneys, livers, Bone marrow, hearts, lungs, cornea, pancreas, and small bowels through medical treatments.
The organs transplantation and donation both of the process can be successfully done because of the development of immunosuppressive drugs which can increase the survival rate of organ recipients.
Because of the growth and development of new technologies and therapies in modern life. the need for organ transplants is continuously increasing to a great extent which needs more organ donations every year. Instead of availability of the great technologies and therapies the death rate has increased because of the shortage of transplantable organs.
The objective of Organ Donation Day
1. To aware people of the need for organ donation.
2. To distribute the messages of organ donation all over the country.
3. To remove the hesitations of the people about donating organs.
4. To say a grateful thanks to the donors of organs.
5. To motivate and encourage more people towards organ donation in their life.
Which Organs Can be Donated?
- Small Intestine
- Skin tissues
- Bone tissues
- Heart valves
There are many initiators of organ donations in society; one of them is The Times Of India which is distributing the message of organ donation all over the world through effective and real news on the daily basis including statistics about the organ donation need and its fulfillment.
The news of the TOI brings hope among the people who really need organ transplantation. It has given a great message under the title of “Life Can Begin After Death”.
According to it, A big number of patients have organ failure and need the organ of some other person to continue their life all over India. The need for organ transplantation can only be fulfilled by the process of organ donation after brain death.
But still, the rate of organ donors in our country is very less just because of the myths and confusion about donating organs. Be the real hero of your family and your great country in your life by donating your precious organs to someone who needs it very seriously.
Organs Donation Drive/Campaign by Times of India
- A message by Time of India to all of us:
- A mother of a son says her son will be back home for his 9th birthday.
Why is she lying??
Because she cannot tell her son that his liver is failing. She cannot tell him that he is one of the million Indians who need organ transplants. And there simply are not enough donors.
She really has no choice. But, we can do it happen in real through our organ donation. We need to sign up to be organ donors and improve her son’s chances of survival.
So, is she still a liar??? That depends on us.
Register to be an organ donor at www.OrganDonationDay.in
To show your support, give a missed call at 8080055555
Statistics according to the Times of India
Most of organ donation in the country is performed annually between relatives means the person donates the organs only to his relatives. Around 4000 kidneys and 500 liver live donations are being carried out by relatives to their patients only annually in the various hospitals.
They donate one kidney and ¾th of their liver (as it can regenerate to the normal size after six weeks).
Around 20 hearts and lungs are transplanted annually at the center in Chennai and the demand is high. 2 lakhs cornea transplantation is required per year whereas only 50000 are being donated.
There is little action by the Indian people instead of a high awareness about the topic because of their misunderstandings and lack of clarity.
How and where to Donate Organs?
Following are the top NGOs and organizations of the country involved in organ donation:
- Mohan Foundation
- Gift Your Organ Foundation
- Gift A Life
- Dadhichi Mission from Central India (having centers in Delhi, Modinagar, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, and Bangalore)
Online organ registry
There is a facility of online organ registry for people all over India who are willing to donate organs of their own will. Organ registry ensures the proper organ donation as well as the fair use of donated organs in the future according to the priority of need and requirements of the organs to the recipients.
Indian Society of Organ Transplantation has initiated the Transplant Registry in India in 2005. Cadaver Transplant Programme was initiated by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 2009 and then by the Department of Health.
Government of Kerala in 2012 and the Department of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, Government of Rajasthan in 2014. There is another plan for the national organ registry by the Government of India.
Organ donor card
Organ donor card provides access to donate organs after death. This facility is provided by the MOHAN Foundation to spread awareness all over the country and get organ pledges.
In the last few years, the foundation has distributed millions of such cards in English and other regional Indian languages.
An organ donation drive of March 2012 (DAAN, partnered with HCL Technologies, Chennai Police, Apollo Group of Hospitals. Indian Medical Association, Cadaver Transplant Programme) had received more than 12,900 pledges from doctors, policemen, and corporate employees.
However, this campaign run by the Times of India in 2013 (partnered with NGOs like Shatayu, Gift a Life. Gift Your organ and MOHAN Foundation) received more than 50,000 pledges for organs.
Fear and myths about Organ Donation Day
There are various fear and myths exists in people’s mind about organ donation because of low-level awareness. Most of people do not have proper awareness about organ donation, which organs can be donated, when they can donate, how to get registered for organ donation, etc. Some people do not interested in organ donation or do not show their independent desire for organ donation because of family pressure or their own fear and myths.
There is a referral contest for organ donation run by the Times of India
You need to sign up as an organ donor on facebook.com/TOIMYTIMES through your Facebook app. And then invite friends and family too for sign up. The top 50 donors (involved in encouraging more referrals) will get Rs. 10000 from the Times Foundation.
You can also sign up as an organ donor on www.organdonationday.in
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|Organ Donation Day||13th August|
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|World Photography Day||19th August|
|Sadbhavana Diwas||20th August|
|World Senior Citizens Day||21st August|
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