What is it About?
The Nirmukta Organ Donation Drive is an initiative by Nirmukta members to:
- Pledge to donate their organs; and
- Advocate for organ donation amongst their communities and get people to pledge their organs.
Why is it Important?
The Government of India passed the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) in 1994, which legalized cadaveric organ transplantation following brain death. Despite this, the rate of organ donation in India remains very low: less than 1 in a million Indians donate their organs after brain death. And since 2005, more than 3 million people have died in the country because of non-availability of organs. India severely lags behind other countries in organ donation rates – for example, in the United States, the rate is 25 per million. (Source: DNA, The Hindu.) To imagine how different things could be, consider the fact that India has the highest number of road accident deaths in the world: in 2009, 14 Indians died in road accidents every hour (source). If every one of these victims donated their organs, they would save thousands of lives. For more information on organ donation, please read this FAQ.
How Do I Register as an Organ Donor?
The list of donor registries in different states and cities is listed below, along with links to online registration (if you’re not in any of the areas listed, use one the “Others” options given at the end of the list):
Karnataka: Zonal Coordination Committee of Karnataka for Transplantation. Click HERE to register online.
Kerala: Kerala Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS)/Mrithasanjeevani. Click HERE to register online.
Others: The MOHAN Foundation has a donor card which anyone can fill up and print out. Click HERE to register online. Another organisation is Donate Organs Save Lives. They too have online registration: click HERE.
After registering, it is important that you inform your family of your wishes. In Indian law, in the event of your death, your family has final say whether your organs can be donated or not.
How Do I Spread the Word?
Thank you for pledging to donate your organs! Now you can spread the word via social media by doing the following:
Set the above picture as your Facebook “profile picture”, so that everyone in your friend list sees it and becomes aware of organ donation. Please add a caption to the photo, so that people who view it get more information. E.g. you can copy-paste the following text for the caption:
I have pledged to donate my organs after death. To know more about organ donation, why it’s important, and how to register yourself, please go to http://nirmukta.com/organdonation.
You can also use the following image as your Facebook “cover photo”:
Please also spread the word about the campaign by sending this link to your friends, family and colleagues.