Indian Organ Donation Day To Be Celebrated On August 3, 2024

The Government of India is launching a major campaign, “Angdaan Jan Jagrukta Abhiyaan” (Mass Awareness Campaign on Organ Donation), to promote organ donation and bridge the gap between those needing transplants and available donors. All Central Government Ministries, hospitals, and medical colleges (both public and private) are urged to organize activities during the July campaign month and on August 3rd, 2024.

India Sees Rise in Medical Tourism for Organ Transplants

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare anticipates a further rise in foreign patients seeking organ transplants in India. To address this influx, the Ministry has created informative messages and visuals specifically for foreign nationals on guidelines and legal requirements for organ transplants.

Illegal Promotion And Offering Of Organ Trading

NOTTO has observed that certain websites and social media posts are promoting illegal organ trading. Therefore, it has urged all state authorities to take stringent steps to deal with such illegal activities. Illegal organ trading is a serious crime that can result in a fine of Rs. 20 lakhs to Rs. 1 crore and imprisonment for 5-10 years.

Delhi High Court Emphasizes Adherence To Timelines for Organ Transplantation

The Delhi High Court has passed an order establishing crucial guidelines for communication of deficiencies in documentation or any procedural
formalities. It has also stressed on adherence to timelines notified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for processing transplant applications, verifying documents, and scheduling interviews.

India Promotes Organ Donation Movement

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued letters urging governors of all states and union territories to create awareness among students of all universities. Citizens can pledge organ donation online on NOTTO website or by scanning the QR code available through NOTTO website.

National Symposium on Organ Donation and Transplantation

The symposium underlined the pressing need for a national policy while acknowledging the importance of local considerations and addressing issues like privacy and inequity. The emphasis remains on promoting public trust, professional procedures, and policy and procedural uniformity across the country.

Army Hospital R&R Performs Life-Saving Bone Marrow Transplant for Child with Rare Disorder

The Department of Hematology & Stem Cell Transplantation at the Army Hospital R&R in Delhi Cantt. has successfully conducted a life-saving Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) for a child diagnosed with a rare primary immunodeficiency disorder. This successful bone marrow transplant not only brings hope to Sushant and his family but also serves as a beacon of hope for countless others grappling with rare primary immunodeficiencies.

Initiatives Propel Organ Donation Awareness in India

As part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, organ donation is being promoted as a “Jan Andolan” or people’s movement through social media channels. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) has launched a pledge campaign and a slogan competition on the MyGov platform to encourage public participation. Under the “Angdaan Mahotsav” initiated in July 2023, awareness programs focusing on deceased donor organ donation are being conducted nationwide.