When flooded with queries on how to donate a body, the organ receiving and giving awareness network (Organ) has decided to come up with a directory for body donation.
“We at Organ India have been receiving lot of calls on our helplines from all over India on how to donate a body. People have called us for information on how to pledge their bodies for donation after their deaths,” said Sunayana Singh, Chief Executive Officer of Organ India, an initiative of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Parashar Foundation.
On seeing the rising demand for body donation, Singh said Organ India decided to create a similar directory for body donation to facilitate body donation in India.
“For all the enquiry calls on body donation, we meticulously spend hours to find the right institution and person’s contact for body donation. This strenuous procedure encouraged us to create the directory,” said Singh.
The Organ India team took six months to gather data from all states of India, where body donation is possible. Singh further explained that the directory is available on website www.organindia.org and any person in any state in India can go to the directory, 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 NGOs in their chosen city where they can pledge or donate their bodies.
“We collated information from NGOs and medical colleges involved with body donation. In our directory, we have ensured that the name and contact number of the person in-charge of body donation is also present,” said Singh.
The Body Donation Directory was launched by Union Health Minister JP Nadda in the presence of the Director of Lady Harding Medical College Dr Jagdish Chandra, Alok Kumar, President Dadhichi Deh Daan Samiti and other dignitaries at the Organ & Whole Body Donation Awareness Campaign 2016-2017 on May 12, 2017.
Health experts say that body donation is a gift to science as it helps medical students learn the anatomy of the human body. The donated body is used for postgraduate medical students for practising surgery. “Cadaveric body is used by well-established surgeon to try new surgical procedures and even for practise. Presently, there is a shortage of body donation all over India. Such a directory might promote body donations in the country,” said a senior doctor from anatomy department of KEM Hospital.