ORGAN India is proud to have hosted the Fourth Collaborative Conclave for Organ Donation under the aegis of NOTTO on February 28th, 2020 at Juniper Hall, India Habitat Centre, Delhi. The annual event for NGOs and Government Stakeholders across India discussed the way forward to encourage organ donation in India and suggested innovative concepts for spreading awareness on organ donation through effective utilization of various tools for mass outreach.
The day-long conclave was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh, Director of NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI, who along with Ms. Anika Parashar, Chairperson, Parashar Foundation, Ms. Eeda Gujral Chopra, Trustee, Vijaya Gujral Foundation, Dr. Harsha Jauhari, Technical Advisor, NOTP, DGHS, GOI, Dr. Promila Gupta, Principal Consultant, DGHS, MoHFW, GOI and Dr. Anil Kumar, Additional DDG, NOTP Program Officer, MoHFW, GOI and Ms. Sunayana Singh, Co-Founder & CEO, ORGAN India, lit the lamp and set the ball rolling.
Approximately 70 participants from over 20 NGOs from across India, officials from NOTTO and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, ZTCC Pune, ROTTO Northern Region, PGI Chandigarh, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and other stakeholders working on organ donation all across India from diverse States like Assam, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Chandigarh attended the Conclave. ORGAN India, Donate Life, MOHAN Foundation, Shine India Foundation, Muskaan Group, A Million Pledges, Dadhichi Deh Daan Samiti, Zublee Foundation, Rebirth Foundation, MOTHER, NDTN, Apex Kidney Foundation, The Restoring Force, The Pravin Agarwal Foundation amongst others.
Bringing organizations working for organ donation on one platform rather than working individually has always been one of our goals. The conclave was a resounding success as the participants discussed ways to collaborate together and with the Government to further the cause for encouraging organ donation. Moderated by Ms. Anika Parashar, the Conclave saw a host of new and exciting topics. The latest in the space is the need to use radio as a medium of awareness, intensify the spread of knowledge in schools and colleges, utilize social media, films and media effectively, and discuss the need for good graphics in the awareness space. Discussion rounds on issues such as Swap Transplants, NGO registrations at NOTTO and communication with NOTTO, on the programs in schools and medical colleges were discussed by panels. State of organ donation in emerging States like Haryana and Odisha was presented by participants as was Driving License System – How NGOs and other states can implement it. A special session was taken on India’s Transplant Games and on our participation in the World Transplant Games for which funding and help is required by the athletes. How to encourage and help recipients and donors from across India to be able to come forward and participate with the help of the Government and NGOs was extensively deliberated upon.
This Conclave we instituted the Kirti Parashar Oration in honour of our former Chairperson, Late Mrs. Kirti Parashar. We were privileged to have the first Oration delivered by Dr. K.R. Balakrishnan, Director & Chairman, Lung & Heart Transplant, MGM healthcare Chennai. Vidur Parashar, Trustee, Parashar Foundation introduced Dr. Balakrishnan with a heartfelt note. Dr. KR Balakrishnan is one of India’s most successful heart transplant surgeons and was also Mrs. Parashar’s surgeon. He spoke about her exuberance and zest for life. He also spoke on the present state of organ donation and cardiac transplants in India. Late Mrs. Parashar’s sister Ms. Kushla Sehgal thanked Dr. Balakrishnan and felicitated him.
This Conclave focused on how to Help NGOs in various areas. We had an eminent array of speakers at this Conclave.
Dr. Vasanthi Ramesh, Director NOTTO (National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation), DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI; Dr. Harsha Jauhari, Technical Advisor, NOTP, DGHS, MoHFW; Arati Gokhale, Central Coordinator, ZTCC Pune, Dr. G. L. Singal; Project Coordinator – Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Secretariat Office, Chief Minister, Haryana; M.S.H. Beg, Treasurer, Community Radio Association; Arti Jaiman, Station Director, Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Community Radio; The Restoring Force; Sharmila Sharma, Station Manager, Gurgaon Ki Awaaz Community Radio; Sunayana Singh, CEO ORGAN India; Dr. Promila Gupta, Principal Consultant, DGHS, MoHFW, GOI; Dr. Anil Kumar, Additional DDG, NOTP Program Officer, MoHFW, GOI; Dr. Kulwant Gaur, Shine India Foundation; Dr. Sheetal Joshi, Associate Professor, Lady Hardinge Medical College; Dr. Ganesh Sanap, Apex Kidney Foundation; Rajesh Shetty, Rebirth Foundation; Badal Rag, AVP – Brand at The Times of India; Sanjana Agarwal Jain, Flying Elephant Films; Ambica Singh, Special Projects NDTV; Pallavi Kumar, Executive Director (Delhi-NCR), MOHAN Foundation; Kavita Puri Arora, Thirteen Twenty Productions; Shokey Malik, Founder and CEO, WeBeasts; Kankshi Bhansvar, Manager, The Pravin Agarwal Foundation; Priyanka Borah, CEO, Zublee Foundation; T.N. Panda, CEO, MOTHER; Sandipan Arya, Prabhari Sevadar, Muskan Group; Karhun Nanda, Heart Recipient, World Transplant Games 2019 participant; Ankita Shrivastava, Liver Donor, World Transplant Games 2019 participant; Dr. Navdeep Bansal, PGIMER Chandigarh, Transplant Coordinator at PGI Chandigarh; Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, A Million Pledges;
Many thanks to the fantastic Team at ORGAN India – Sunayana Singh, Dr. Sourabh Sharma, Dr, Geetika Vashisth, Dr. Devansh Vaish, Kavita Puri Arora, Harjeet Singh, M. Deepak and Arbaaz for the tremendously successful event.
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