In the last year, ORGAN India received a lot of calls on our helplines from people all over India who wanted to know where they could pledge their bodies for donation after their deaths. We decided that instead of wasting precious resources that we don’t have in collecting this information for individuals, we should make this easy for everyone in India to be able to donate their body. So we created the online Body Donation Directory to facilitate Body Donation everywhere in India.
Our Body Donation Directory was launched by Honorable Union Health Minister Shri JP Nadda in the presence of our Trustees Parashar Foundation, Mrs. Kirti Parashar and Ms Anika Parashar, Dr. Jagdish Chandra, Director Lady Harding Medical College, Mr. Alok Kumar, President Dadhichi Deh Daan Samiti and other dignitaries at the Organ & Whole Body Donation Awareness Campaign 2016-2017 on 12th May 2017 at Lady Hardinge Medical College.
For about 9 months, data has been gathered from all States in India where body donation is possible. The Directory is available on the website www.organindia.org and any person in any State in India can go to the Body Donation Directory on our website, choose the state they want information for, choose the city in that state for which they want the information, and they will get a drop down menu of all Medical Institutions or NGO’s in their chosen city where they can pledge or donate their bodies. Under each Institution, users will also get the names, phone numbers and email id’s of the exact people to call in order to fill out a form or pledge their bodies.
It’s extremely simple to operate and with a few clicks, anyone in India will have access to this information, which otherwise is difficult to obtain. www.organindia.org/overviews/body-donation-directory/
What is Body Donation?
Body Donation is the donation of the whole body after death for purposes of medical research and education. The donated body, known as a cadaver, is useful for understanding the human body and for advancing science. Medical schools use whole embalmed bodies to teach anatomy to medical students. Any person wishing to donate their body may be required to make prior arrangements with the local medical school, hospital, or Body Donation program before death. Individuals may request a consent form, and will be supplied information about policies and procedures that will take place after the potential donor is deceased.
Some notable Indians who donated their body for medical research are Jyoti Basu, communist leader and former Chief Minister of West Bengal, Justice Leila Seth, and Sangh Parivar veteran and former Rajya Sabha member Nanaji Deshmukh.
Why is Body Donation so important?
Human bodies are used to teach students about the structure of the body and how it works. The bodies are also required to train surgeons and other healthcare professionals. The medical institutions receive dead bodies (called cadavers) by voluntary donations as also the unclaimed bodies provided by the Police. These donations are highly valued by staff and students in medical institutions.
Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body and is one of the most important courses in the education of physicians, dentists and other health professionals. It serves as a foundation for other medical courses. Bodies are also used by research physicians in the development of many new life saving surgical procedures, for example, surgical approaches to various internal organs amongst others.
Body Donation is much appreciated and contributes greatly to our understanding of the human body. Anyone considering the option of donating their body to science should know that their gift will be great valued. It will play a critical role in helping medical students to master the complex anatomy of the human body and will provide researchers with the essential tools to help our patients of tomorrow.
Are they any limitations or conditions on Body Donation?
Though most institutions welcome the offer of a donation, there are certain medical conditions that may lead to the offer being declined. Please do speak to a medical school near you who can give you more information about these conditions and any other reasons why a Body Donation may be declined.
Post-mortem examination is one reason why a medical school might decline the offer of a Body Donation. As these situations arise unexpectedly depending on the circumstances of a person’s death, potential body donors and their families should be prepared to consider alternative arrangements in these particular circumstances.
How to donate your Body
You need to identify and get in touch with Medical Colleges or Body Donation NGO’s around India in order to register your wish at a medical college in your city.
You can obtain this information by going to our website www.organindia.org or clicking on this link www.organindia.org/overviews/body-donation-directory/ (Pan-India Body Donation Directory) to find an organization in India near you.
The process usually involves signing a form with two witness signatures and submitting it to the Medical College/NGO. Upon death, the relatives have to inform the Medical College/NGO. Therefore it is extremely important that if anyone wishes to donate their body after their deaths, then their relatives should be ready and willing to take such a step. Sensitisation of the relatives is of prime importance.
It has taken our team months of extreme hard work – lots of phone calls, lots of waiting, lots of explanation – in order to create this directory. We hope that it will go a long way in helping simplifying the noble act of body donation for people across India, leading to many more bodies being available for donation. Please do spread the awareness about this directory in any way that you can so that everyone can know about this service that ORGAN India is providing.
The Directory Launch
We are very thankful to Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) and Dadhichi Deh Daan Samiti for all their support and help in launching this Directory. LHMC also released an innovative publication titled ‘Tribute to a Silent Teacher – The Human Body’ which showcases short stories narrated by undergraduate medical students based on their interactions with Next of Kin of whole body donors associated with the Department of Anatomy in the year 2016-2017. The next of kin of body donors, registered body donors, and volunteers were also felicitated and short documentaries which will serve to inspire the society at large were released. The institute also announced its blog – www.organandbodydonation.com dedicated to the activities related to organ & tissue donation with the aim to reach out to a larger community through a digital platform. Another site to visit for information on Body Donation – www.dehdan.org