Kochi: Noting that India’s organ donation rate
is among the lowest in the world, experts have called for coordinated efforts
of the country’s health sector to streamline organ donation and
international conference on ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation’, organised by
the Society for Heart failure and Transplantation (SfHFT), concluded here on
Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh, Director, National Organ
and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), said India, despite having the
largest population, has very less public participation in organ donation. The
ratio is still less than one in ten lakh population. Coordinated efforts of
health sector and best clinical protocols are needed to streamline organ
donation and transplantation.
“A brain dead person can save or improve the
life of nearly 40 persons. Better action plan is required to educate, create
awareness and instill a sense of duty on general public. We need more licensed
transplant-ready hospitals, those with infrastructure to retrieve organs and
standard framework, protocol and guidelines for brain death certification and
organ donation,” she said.
Chacko Periappuram, Organizing Chairman, said though cadaveric organ donation
has gained momentum, when compared to our population and the higher
prevalence of end-stage heart failures, only a minuscule percentage gets the
organ for transplant before time runs out. “We need proactive donation
and transplant programmes.”
conference discussed both the exciting aspects and confusions in Indian
cadaveric organ transplantation programme. Dr Alicia Perez Blanco, Medical
Director, Spanish Heart Transplantation Programme led the talk on Spanish model
to increase organ donation. Dr. V Nandakumar spoke on the need of
improved medical insurance and state mass insurance schemes to address the cost
factor in heart and other organ transplants.
Abdullakutty, Secretary SfHFT, said the meet also discussed Logistics, Data Collection,
Follow up Protocols and the economics of Cadaveric Organ Donation. Panel
discussions on legislation and models of Organ Donation and Transplantation
followed in various countries is another highlight of the event.
The event saw participation of over 3000 delegates.