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Organ Donation Drive

Organ Donation Drive

Organ Donation Drive

What is the first thought you will get when you hear about organ donation?

If you think it’s an opportunity to pass on the gift to life to someone in need, you may be one of the very few people in India well informed about organ donation. However, due to lack of awareness, various myths, death-related fear and an absence of a national registry, India has one of the worst organ donation ratios in the world. In spite of being the second largest population with 130 Crores people, India has 0.26% organ donation rate. This is an incredibly small and insignificant number compared to the statistics around the world. While Croatia has as high as 36.5% organ donation rate, in the USA it is 26%.

 

Organ donation is the harvesting of an individual's organs for transplanting it into another person, after the donor dies. The person who gives the organs is called a donor while a person who receives the organ is called a recipient.

In India, there are more than half a million people estimated to be in dire need of an organ transplant every year. However, only a thousand transplants are performed each year. The rest usually die waiting for an organ as there aren't enough donors. The ‘Transplantation of Human Organs Act’ was enacted in India in 1994. Yet the gap between the number of organs donated and the number people waiting for transplant is ever increasing. The need for organ donors has never been greater.

Anyone can be an organ donor, irrespective of gender, age, caste, religion, community, current or past medical condition. Children can also be organ donors after taking consent for organ donation from their parents. While vital organs like heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs and pancreas can be donated in case of 'brain death', other tissues like corneas, heart valves, skin, bones etc. can be donated in case of natural death. One person’s decision to donate his organs after his death could save up to 8 lives (8 organs can be harvested from a brain dead person and transplanted in 8 different people) and enhance the lives of over 50 people by way of tissue donation.

It might feel unpleasant to visualize organ donation when you have just lost your loved one. However organ donation is a generous and worthwhile decision that can save millions of lives. For organ recipients, a transplant often means a second chance of life. Vital organs can be transplanted to those whose organs are failing. It allows many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle. For others, a cornea or tissue transplant means the ability to see again or the recovery of mobility and freedom from pain.

The act of organ donation has the ability to comfort grieving families. It is always difficult to lose a loved one. Many grieving families of organ donors draw comfort from the fact that their loss may help save or improve the lives of others. Studies carried out to understand how a family's wounds heal have shown that the support from family members helps a person to overcome grief. The support of friends and religious and cultural beliefs also help donor families. Most of the donor families agree to donate organs because they felt that it was the only positive outcome from their loss.

Welocity, as a part of its corporate social responsibility is committed to create considerable social awareness about the need of organ donation and encourage people to voluntarily pledge organs. This way we can help save lives by increasing the organ donation rate in the country.

Welocity, in association with an NGO fully dedicated to organ donation in India, will initiate an ongoing social awareness campaign on 13th of August 2017, on the
‘Organ Donation Day’.