ORGAN DONATION AWARENESS:
1) About Organ Donation:
Organ donation is the donation of organs of the human body or biological tissue from a living or dead person to a living recipient in need of a transplantation. Transplantable organs and tissues are removed in a surgical procedure following a determination based on the donorâ€™s medical and social history to know which organs are suitable for transplantation.
India is facing acute shortage of organs for transplantation. It is estimated that more than a million people suffer with end stage organ failure, but only a handful of 3,500 transplants are performed annually. At least 15 patients die every day waiting for organs and every 10 minutes a new name is added to this waiting list. Undoubtedly, the demand far outstrips the availability of organs. And no one can escape the harsh reality.
Awareness on organ donation is therefore the only way out of this depressing scenario.
The foundation works actively toward raising public awareness by way of following activities.
Foundation arranges regular organ donation awareness drives at various corporate houses, organizations, schools & colleges and exhibition stalls during various gatherings (Ganpati & Navratri festivals, blood donation camps, conferences etc.) exhibition stalls during various gatherings (Ganpati & Navratri festivals, blood donation camps, conferences etc.)
Banners, Car Stickers,
Foundation has been putting up banners on Cadaver organ donations at various local railway stations & BEST buses. Unique car stickers with organ donation message are printed for private cars, rickshaws and taxies.
2) REGISTER YOUR DECISION:
Our mission is to spread awareness about organ donation in India. Once you register your wish on this website, you can download and print your donor card which will state your consent to having your organs and tissue made available for transplantation upon your death.
Print and keep this card with you at all times. Remember that your family and dear ones would be the ones who will give the final consent.
myth 1: my family will not get to see my body after donation
Fact: families are given the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones after the operation, if they wish. Arrangements for viewing the body after donation are the same as after any death.
myth 2: organ donation will leave my body disfigured
Fact : organs are always removed with the greatest of care and respect for the person. This takes place in a normal operation theater under sterile conditions by a team of specialized doctors. Afterwards, the surgical incision is carefully closed and covered by a dressing in the normal way. The operation is carried out by specialist health care professionals who always ensure that the donor is treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
myth 3: if i donate my organs it will cause delays to my funeral arrangements
Fact : yes, there is a possibility. However, given the altruistic nature of this donation, families usually accept this and take it as part of the process of donation.
myth 4: my religion does not support the idea of organ donation
Fact : none of the major religions in India object to organ donation and transplantation. If you have any doubts, you should discuss them with your spiritual or religious adviser.
myth 5: it is enough if i have a donor card
Fact : no. Just having a donor card is not enough. You need to carry it at all times and also inform your relatives about your wishes so that they honour your wish at the moment of truth.
myth 6: once i become an organ donor i can never change my mind
Fact : you always have the option to change your mind. You can withdraw your registration, tear up your organ donor card and let your family know that you have changed your mind.
myth 7: i am too old to be a donor
Fact: in the case of cornea and some other tissue, age does not matter. For other organs, it is the personâ€™s physical condition, not age, which is the deciding factor. Specialist health care professionals decide in each case which organs and tissue are suitable. Organs and tissue from people in their 70s and 80s are transplanted successfully.
myth 8: i cannot be a donor because i have an existing medical condition
Fact: having a medical condition does not necessarily prevent a person from becoming an organ or tissue donor. The decision about whether some or all organs or tissue are suitable for transplant is made by a healthcare professional, taking into account your medical history.