About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Donate Organs To Save Lives

by Bidita Debnath on August 16, 2016 at 11:31 PM
Font : A-A+

 Donate Organs To Save Lives

In india, only 0.08 percent people donate their organs to the needy as compared to 70-80 percent of Spaniards and Belgians, health experts said.

Every year 200,000 people in India need a new kidney and 100,000 need a new liver, but only two to three percent of the demand for new organs is met, they said on the occasion of Organ Donation Day on August 13.


The low proportion of organ donors in Indian population can largely be attributed to ignorance, superstition and an absence of conducive regulatory framework, said the experts.

"It's tragic that even after so much promotion of the idea, India lags so much in organ donation. There has been almost no improvement in the situation in the last couple of years," said Ravinder Malhotra, Director of the Centre for Liver Transplant and Gastrosciences at the Saroj Super Speciality Hospital.

"Children can also be made organ donors after parental consent. There is a need to explain and promote the entire concept of organ donation more," he said. Malhotra said the laws need to be changed to make them more facilitative of organ donation.

In some Western countries, the body of a citizen who has died goes into the custody of the state which can then take decisions regarding organ procurement and donation, some doctors said.

In India, on the contrary, the consent of the close relatives of the deceased who pledged their organs is important, which is negative in most cases, said P.K. Bhardwaj, a Delhi-based doctor.

"More people die waiting for a transplant as availability and suitability is less. Anybody can be a donor; depending on the medical condition, organs and tissues can be donated for transplant," said Bhardwaj.

According to the Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation of AIIMS-New Delhi, over 22,500 people across the country have registered since 2010 to donate their organs after their death. The health experts said religious leaders should endorse organ donation programmes as a high percentage of people avoid organ donation on religious grounds.

Bhavadee Sharma, a senior doctor with AIIMS, said: "People have to accept organ donation just like the way they have accepted blood donation. It will take time but will certainly happen in the near future." Along with change in laws for organ donation, there is a need for convincing people about brain death, which a large number of people do not consider death, Sharma said.

Source: IANS


Latest Organ Donation News

 Keeping the Donor Heart Alive Makes Heart Transplantation Feasible
Donation after circulatory death (DCD) based heart transplantation based can increase hearts available for transplantation, contributing to the health-care systems.
New Artificial Intelligence Technology can Help Pick Donor Organs for Transplant
Picking donor organs for transplant becomes an easy task with the help of new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology.
India to Adopt 'One Nation, One Policy' for Organ Donation
The Indian Government is getting ready to develop 'one nation, one policy' for organ donation and transportation in the country to save lives.
India Records Over 15K Organ Transplants in 2022: Study
Post COVID-19 there is a rapid revival in the transplant activities, India has attained more than 15,000 transplants in a year (2022).
Do Family Members of Facial Transplant Donors Feel Happy or Sad Afterwards?
Face transplantation may be same as organ transplantation, but families of facial transplant donors face a tough time due to unique problems related to the donor's identity.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Donate Organs To Save Lives Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests