When Special Olympics and Paralympics are gaining a global acceptance and encouragement from the sporting authorities, there might be a new genre of the sports for those who receive or donate body organs if the proposal of Narmada Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accepted by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Youth Affair and Sports, Government of India.
Narmada Kidney Foundation has been working for kidney patients in the country for over decade and a half. Dr Bharat Shah, Managing Trustee, Narmada Kidney Foundation and Director, Institute of Renal Sciences, Global Hospital, Mumbai and, an eminent nephrologist envisaged the need of such an organization to facilitate the ever increasing kidney patients in the country.
AdvertisementAs per estimates, every year about 4 lakh people are diagnosed with kidney failure. Whereas, the number of kidney donors is very less. Hence, the gap of increasing number of patients and limited number of donors has been widening year on year.
As part of awareness programmes, Narmada Kidney Foundation organizes Transplant Games every year which invites kidney donors and recipients from across the country. This year, the winners may also get to participate in the World Transplant Games to be organized in August 2015 in Argentina.
Dr Bharat Shah said, "We will sponsor the expenses for participation of winners at Transplant Games. This is for recognizing their service and encouraging more to join this humanitarian cause. We have written to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Youth Affair and Sports, Government of Indiato officially come into the picture and recognize the event."
Global Hospitals Group, a chain of multi-specialty tertiary care Hospitals in India, have been a consistent supporter of the cause of Organ Donation. The Group has carved out a niche for itself by excelling in areas of multi-organ transplantation services for kidney, liver, heart, lungs and pancreas. The Group is one of Narmada Kidney Foundation's consistent supporters.
Speaking on the occasion of Transplant Games, Mr. Manpreet Sohal, CEO, Global Hospitals, Mumbai & Hyderabad said, "We are proud to be associated with Narmada Kidney Foundation in their endeavour to help kidney patients and create awareness about organ donation. In a country like ours where a number of patients die because of want of organs, nothing could be nobler than pledging our organs and adding more to patients' lives."
Narmada Kidney Foundation conducts regular workshops and camps to educate people on kidney diseases and motivate people to pledge their organs for donation. The Foundation also organizes various activities like, Transplant Games and Donors' Day every year.