‘Streamline organ donation and transplantation’

‘Streamline organ donation and transplantation’

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 transplantation.

A three-day international conference on ‘Organ Donation and Transplantation’, organised by the Society for Heart failure and Transplantation (SfHFT), concluded here on Tuesday.

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.

Dr Jose 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.”

The 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.

Dr. Jabir 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.

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