by Dr. Koti Reddy on  October 31, 2015 at 4:50 PM Health In Focus
MOHAN Foundation, Indian NGO, Makes Strides in Organ Donation and Awarded Prestigious British Medical Journal South Asia Award 2015
MOHAN Foundation has been awarded the prestigious British Medical Journal South Asia Award 2015 famously known as "Oscars of Healthcare/Medicine" under Healthcare Advocacy category for its relentless efforts using every tool, methodology, process and technology to promote organ donation in India and South Asia for the past two decades.

MOHAN has worked actively with central and state governments to augment organ donation by creating a unique "Indian Model". Through its transplant coordinators' training program, has created more than 900 industry ready professionals for transplant community with a direct impact of 4,500 organs and tissues being transplanted to needy patients from deceased donors.

MOHAN has contributed to the current social change and has created a "feel good" factor about organ donation among the populace by regularly organizing awareness events and has distributed over 1.2 million donor cards in six languages. MOHAN has touched more than 25 million people through awareness programs. Through its unique "Angels of Change" program it has ignited the minds of youth, organized religious confluences titled "Sant Sangamas,"and has engaged eminent film and sports personalities as "Ambassadors of Life" to promote organ donation. MOHAN has been the leader in utilizing technology by developing online donor and recipient registries, applications for smartphone users and National Organ Donation Toll Free Helpline (1800 103 7100) exclusively for organ donation.

MOHAN Foundation has emerged a WINNER among 900 nominations and 36 finalists with 12 winners in different categories. The award was received by Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation at the awards ceremony organized on October 30, 2015, at The Leela, Mumbai.

Dr. Sunil Shroff, Managing Trustee of MOHAN Foundation, said "we at MOHAN Foundation feel that it is extremely important to share the recognition of the excellent work by MOHAN Foundation team that has set standards of excellence in deceased organ donation in India. We have consistently and professionally delivered the very best for organ donation to the people of India and this award is a testimony to efforts of all the people who work in this program be it members of the foundation or the ones who are associated with this cause.."

Mrs. Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director of MOHAN Foundation said "It feels great when our work is recognized. I thank the jury of BMJ South Asia Awards 2015 for recognizing the relentless efforts of our board, employees, volunteers, members, and supporters. It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of MOHAN Foundation."

MOHAN Foundation was also delighted to announce that they have received eNGO South Asia Challenge Award 2015 special jury mention award for the Best Use of Internet and Website Technologies for good governance and practices that has resulted in transparent distribution of organs and saving lives, therefore, benefited the society at large. This award is presented as a joint initiative of Public Interest Registry (PIR) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).

MOHAN Foundation has been selected as a finalist for Vodafone Mobile For Good Awards 2015 (supported by NASSCOM Foundation) for developing mobile applications that help in promoting organ donation, increasing the number of pledges, improve the knowledge of health care professionals through mobile application, provide vital information to medical teams and government officials resulting in timely and safe organ transplants and transparent distribution of organs.

Organ donation has for the last 2 to 3 years slowly moved to the centre-stage among all the causes. One donor can save at least 9 lives through organ donation and enhance 100's of lives through tissue donation.

Source: Medindia

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