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World Organ Donation Day

A tenth of India’s population is suffering from chronic kidney disease, a concerning figure that has left around 175,000 patients depending on dialysis as of 2018. Worryingly, this number shows no signs of slowing, steadily climbing at a rate of 232 per million annually. Kidney transplantation is the best treatment for patients with end-stage kidney disease but many patients face a daunting challenge – finding a suitable kidney donor from within their own families.

Yet, within this struggle, an extraordinary potential for transformation emerges through the generosity of deceased organ donation. These magnanimous donors, in their final act of compassion, give a new lease of life to people in dire need.

In 2022, around 900 selfless Indians chose to donate their organs, bestowing renewed life upon an astonishing 2765 individuals in desperate need. Generosity is growing every year, but we still have a long way to go.

As we struggle with the gravity of chronic kidney disease within our nation, it’s clear that cultivating a culture of deceased organ donation is an urgent and noble pursuit. By fueling awareness, disseminating knowledge, and extending a hand of empathy, we can bridge the gap between the colossal potential of organ donation and our present reality.

In India, you may register as an organ donor through various platforms. One of the most prominent platforms is the National Organ and Tissue Transplantation Organisation (NOTTO). For registration with non-government organizations, it is important to verify the legitimacy of the organization. MOHAN Foundation, Shatayu and Gift your organ foundation are some of the organizations which comply with THOTA and work within the legal framework to promote ethical and transparent organ donation practices. A donor card is issued after completion of registration and one can carry it in the wallet. Your desire to donate can also be reflected in your driving license and one can opt to become an organ donor while applying for a driving license.”

Together, let us forge a path toward a future where organ transplantation stands as a shining beacon of hope for those grappling with the burdens of chronic kidney disease.

I have pledged my organs. Have you?

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