One person’s decision to donate his organs after his death could save upto 8 lives (8 organs can be harvested from a brain dead person and transplanted in 8 different people). But the lack of awareness, various myths, and an absence of a national registry had led to the dismal number of people signing up for Organ Donation, yet the rate of organ donation in India in increasing by time.
It's two decades since the Transplantation of Human Organs Act was enacted in 1994. Yet, barely 16,000 kidney transplants are estimated to have taken place since 1995. Of this 16,000, about 4% were from deceased donors. In 2013, considered to be one of the best years for organ transplantation, just 852 transplants, including heart, lung, liver and kidney, were done, as lakhs waited for an organ to give them a fresh lease of life.
Organ Donation Day (13th August) is an initiative by The Times of India, in partnership with Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, to create awareness about Organ Donation and encourage people to sign up as organ donors.
To know more about Organ Donation and sign up as an organ donor, please visithttp://organdonationday.in/
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