India has, historically, had a very low rate of organ donation. Although this number has improved over the past three-four years, the country still has a long way to go. Every year 3,00,000 Indians need an organ transplant, but only 2 to 3% of this demand for new organs is met. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), only about 0,01% people in India donate their organs after death, while in the western countries up to 70 to 80% people agree to organ donation.
As per past reports, more than 30,000 individuals are in need of liver transplants in the country. However, less than 5% of this number receives a liver before it is too late. The need for kidneys in India stands at two lakh annually, of which only 8,000 manage a transplant. Patients requiring heart or lungs transplants are worst of with less than 1% of them receiving a transplant before time runs out.
JEET (Joint Effort to Enable Transplants), along with Ketto aims to crowd-source funds for those who are in dire need for organ transplant, and cannot afford it.
India has, historically, had a very low rate of organ donation. Although this number has improved over the past three-four years, the gap is very wide.
Help the Poor Foundation, a Mumbai-based NGO has been working towards assisting the poor in having equal access to organ transplantation. Recently in association with Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation, it aims to raise awareness for cadaver organ donation in India. The joint initiative has been launched with an endeavour to promote and counsel families on altruistic deceased organ donation.
Speaking about the initiative, Prof (Dr) Darius Mirza, Head Transplant Surgery Apollo Navi Mumbai and Co-founder, Transplants: Help the Poor Foundation) said, “MOHAN and us, in our individual capacities, have been working toward creating awareness about the immense benefits of organ donation and facilitating it. Joining hands to create an ecosystem that will benefit the initiative seemed a natural progression to our efforts. Through the new association, we are hopeful we will be able to reduce the immense gap between the demand and availability of donated organs for transplants.”
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