Over 1.5 lakh people in India need a kidney but only about 3,000 receive one. 90% of those on kidney waiting list die without getting one. India’s annual liver transplant requirement is over 25,000 but just about 800 manage to get a donated liver. The story is the same in respect of other organs.
Basic awareness about organ donation is high in cities. Yet, many people believe that organs can only donated after death. Also, knowledge is lacking as to how one should go about volunteering to donate organs. To know more about organ donations, please get in touch with any organisation listed under 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below.
Practically everyone can donate organs, except for those suffering from cancer, HIV, infection and the intravenous drug users. Those who pledge for organ donation will be issued a ‘Donor Card’. Even though family's consent is needed after death, giving a pledge makes the person's intent known to family members. Alternately, even if there is no 'Donor Card' the family on their own can decide to donate organs.
Various kinds of organ donations...
Bone Marrow, Kidney (one), portion of Liver, portion of Lung and portion of Pancreas can be donated by a living person. Living person can donate only to a family member or to a person emotionally connected to the organ donor such as a relative, friend, neighbour etc.
Kidneys (two), heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine are the main organs that can be donated after brain death. This form of donation, also known as ‘cadaver donation’, is possible only if death occurs in hospital. Brain death occurs when brain stem is irreparably damaged due to trauma from accidents, falls, crush injuries; thrombotic or hemorrhagic stroke etc. There will be no consciousness or breathing. By constant supply of blood and oxygen, the heart can be made to function for a maximum of 36 to 72 hours during which time organ harvesting has to take place.
Eyes (Corneas), Heart Valves and Skin are the main tissues that can be donated after cardiac death. This is the only possibility when a person dies at home. Cardiac death occurs when heart has stopped beating and no longer pumps blood. After cardiac death, only tissues can be donated for transplantation within 4 to 6 hours.
'Jeevandan Andhra Pradesh' Scheme for Organ Transplantation by Govt of Andhra Pradesh
Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Gunadala, Vijayawada
Ganesh Corporate House, 100 ft. Hebatpur-Thaltej Road, Near Sola Bridge, Ahmedabad 380054
Ahmedabad Bangalore Chennai Delhi Kochi Kolkata Mumbai Pune
DATRI Blood Stem Cell Donors Registry
This registry has over 2,80,000 stem cell donors listed. Stem cells can help save patients of leukaemia and thalassemia. However donation is only possible if a match occurs under a test called Human Leucocyte Antigen typing.
1800-300-32874, HO Chennai: 044-2254 1283, 4079 5300
Transplants Foundation to Help the Poor
609, Mahalaxmi Chambers, Breach Candy, Mahalaxmi West, Cumballa Hill, Mumbai 400026
Bangalore Coimbatore Indore Mumbai Nagpur Nashik Pune
Skin Banks and Skin Collection Centres in India
Skin donation can be made to these units established by National Burns Centre. Click on the link below to note the addresses. At the Skin Banks, skin collected from eligible deceased donors is processed, preserved and distributed.
Helpline: 022-2779 3333, WhatsApp: 88791 53026
MOTHER (Multi Organ Transplantation and Human & Educational Research)
C-38, HIG, Barmunda H.B.Colony,Bhubaneswar 751003
0674-235 5193, 92385 44827
Tanker Foundation (Tamilnadu Kidney Research Foundation)
Ellora Apartments, No. 20, 4D, 4th Floor, Thirumurthy Street, T. Nagar, Chennai 600017
044-2834 1635, 4309 0998
National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB)
Call the following 24-hour phone number to make eye donation pledge as well as to get details on eye donation eye donation procedure / formalities in Delhi.
1919 (MTNL network)
'Jeeva Sarthkathe' - Deceased Donor (Cadaver) Transplantation Programme of Govt of Karnataka
1st Floor, General Hospital Jayanagar, 4th 'T' Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru 560041
98450 06768, 080-2663 8373
4, D.L. Khan Road, Kolkata 700025
033-2419 1165, 94773 25879, 94330 31504
Mahatma Phule Janaarogya Yojana - formerly 'Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana' (RGJAY)
The scheme takes care of expenses to the extent of Rs 2.5 lakh towards kidney transplant and immuno-suppressive drugs for 1 year. Scheme is for below-the-poverty-line (BPL) yellow ration card holding families and above-the-poverty-line (APL) orange ration card holding families. Treatment has to be in government empanelled hospitals.
State Health Assurance Society, ESIS Hospital Compound, Ganpat Jadhav Marg, Worli Naka, Mumbai 400018
Arpan Eye Bank
Hold camps on eye donation to spread awareness and to secure eye donation pledges from participants. Over 2 lakh people in the country are dependent on cornea donation to regain sight and only 50,000 appx eye donations take place annually.
2, Poonam Bldg. 160, R. B. Mehta Marg, Ghatkopar (East), Mumbai
Eye Bank Coordination and Research Centre
This nodal centre evaluates, stores and distributes the eyes received from various Eye Donation Centres in the city of Mumbai including the suburbs.
c/o K.B.H. Bachooali Hospital, 56/60, Jehangir Merwanji Street, Near KEM Hospital, Parel, Mumbai 400012. +91 022 24164342 +91 022 24162929 +91 022 24168869 firstname.lastname@example.org KB Haji Abu Ali Eye Ear and throat hospital
022-2416 4342, 2416 2929
Marrow Donor Registry (India)
S.L Raheja/Fortis Hospital, Old Wing, 2nd Floor, Raheja Rugnalaya Marg, Mahim (W), Mumbai 400016
022-6515 2695, 92235 86076
Marrow Donor Registry (India) - MDR(I)
MDR(I) maintains computerised database of voluntary unrelated stem cell donors and facilitates blood stem cell transplants for patients with life-threatening blood diseases.
S.L. Raheja/Fortis Hospital Old Wing, 2nd Floor,Raheja Rugnalaya Marg, Mahim (W), Mumbai 400016
022-6515 2695, 92235 86076
Narmada Kidney Foundation
B/ 01, Nav Sanyukta CHS, Dr. Charat Singh Colony, A.G. Link Road, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400093.
022-2825 4147, 2836 8634, 93222 56573
National Kidney Foundation (India)
FAD Centre, Next to Parsi Gymkhana, E Road, Marine Drive, Mumbai 400002
022-2281 4892, 2281 7914
RCBN Skin Bank of National Burns Centre
They need donated skin for skin grafting in burn injury treatment. Skin has to be donated within 6 hours of death. Skin is harvested from both legs, both thighs and the back.
Sector-13, Airoli, Samarth Ramdas Swami Marg, Navi-Mumbai 400708
022-2779 6660 / 61, Helpline: 022-2779 3333, WhatsApp: 88791 53026
Tissue Bank of Tata Memorial Hospital
Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai 410210
Zonal Transplant Coordination Centre (ZTCC)
This is a not-for-profit, government organization promotes organ donations and ensures that fair distribution of organs is done to every needy waiting recipient as per government guidelines.
L.T.M.G Hospital, 2nd Floor, New College Building, Sion (West), Mumbai 400022
022-2402 8197, 93200 63468, 91676 63469
'Eye Donation' under National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB)
Over 1.2 lakh blind people require cornea for transplantation to get vision in one eye. Appx 20,000 new cases get added every year. The eyes you donate can give sight to 2 to 4 corneally blind persons.
'Skin Donation' initiative by Rotary International & National Burns Centre (NBC)
Access the link below and sign the form to pledge your skin donation after death. This skin bank not only meets NBC's requirement but it also caters to the whole nation.
RCBN Skin Bank, National Burns Centre, Sector-13, Airoli, Navi Mumbai 400708
022-2779 6660 / 61, Helpline: 022-2779 3333, WhatsApp: 88791 53026
Apex Swap Transplant Registry (ASTRA)
If you need an organ donation but your donor's profile doesn't match with you (recipient). Register your donor-recipient pair in the registry which will try to search for a matching donor-recipient pair. If successful, go ahead with swap transplant formalities.
Donate Organs Save Lives
If you want to register to pledge your organs, please enter your details on the Web Page below. Thereafter, you can download and print your donor card which will state your consent for your organs to be used for transplantation upon your death.
Gift Your Organ Foundation
Their objectives is to educate people about organ donation. They are ready to carry out awareness drives at offices or clubs or conferences or any public gathering. Interested organisations may contact them for this purpose.
C/o Genesis, #12/25, 11th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011
Organ India (Organ Receiving & Giving Awareness Network India)
011-4183 8382, 96509 52810
Flat No. 3, Two way Green Apts., 1228/B-1, Off Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004.
They are actively involved in creating awareness about skin and organ donations. You can get in touch with them to organize organ donation awareness sessions in companies, housing societies etc.
c/o Sahyadri Corporate Office, Plot No. 54, Lane 2, Lokmanya Colony, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune 411038
020-6721 5000 / 5008
'Jeevandan' Scheme of Govt of Telangana
Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Punjagutta, Hyderabad
040-2348 9494, 88506 0092, 88850 60093
Mohsin Eye Bank
Till date have collected over 7,000 corneas and helped to restore vision to over 4,000 corneally blind persons.
11-113/1, Hanumanthawaka Junction, Visakhapatnam 530009
0891-271 4000, 250 1149, 398 4000
Willing for donation of Bone Marrow, Kidney (one) and portions of liver, lung, pancreas while alive? You can do so to a needy family member or to an emotionally related person.
Agreeable for Kidneys, Heart, Liver, lung, Pancreas, Intestine, Skin and Tissues after death? Take the organ donation pledge, obtain donor card and inform family members.
Keen to ensure that more people donate organs so that stalled organ transplants can go ahead? Persuade your friends, relatives and co-workers to take the organ donation pledge.
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