67-year-old farmer from Sangli to bike across India to raise awareness on organ donation

Awareness on organ donation is the need of the hour. In order to spread information about this vital issue among the masses, a 67-year-old farmer from Maharashtra is set to ride across India, on his motorbike to spread the word about organ donation

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Pramod Laxman Mahajan, who has been a volunteer of the Rebirth foundation since two years, will travel by riding on his motorcycle across 18 states in India to spread awareness about organ donation. He has resolved to cover more than 12,000 to 15,000 kms during the course of his journey.

Mahajan’s journey will be flagged off from Pune on October 21, 2018 and it will continue for the next 100 days. While he himself has donated his kidney to one of his friend, around 20 years ago, he believes that a lack of awareness on organ donation is hampering its process.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Mahajan said, “I was a farmer for all these years. I come from a small village in Sangli district, Maharashtra. When I donated my kidney to my friend, there were many misconceptions regarding the concept of organ donation. After two decades, I still feel people still have many misconceptions and are not willing to come forward to donate their organs.”

He added, “The scenario here in the state of Maharashtra is still better, but if you visit our neighbouring states, not many people are aware about organ donation. This has prompted me to take up this initiative.”

Rajesh Shetty, founder of Rebirth, a Pune based non-government organisation (NGO), which works in the field of organ donation, “He is working with Rebirth since the last two years. We are supporting him in his unique initiative. It makes a different impact when somebody who has donated his or her organ comes forward, and creates awareness on organ donation.”

Mahajan will arrive in Mumbai on October 22. In this nationwide expedition, ReBirth Foundation’s Mahajan would require help in the forms of  an overnight stay,  public platforms to create awareness of organ donation, media support and a flagging off ceremony at each destination.

One brain dead person can give life to seven people.

In the year 2017, around one lack five thousand people were declared brain dead, but only 817 people’s organs were retrieved and donated.

Experts say that India needs many more organ donors and organ transplants as compared to what is happening at present.