Govt plays an active role in organ donation awareness, informs health minister

The health ministry is playing a proactive role in spreading awareness on organ donation. As My Medical Mantra is observing the month of August as organ donation month, with Swanand Kirkire as the ambassador of this movement, we take a look at how the government supports this cause

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The Government is implementing the National Organ Transplant Programme (NOTP) to promote organ donation across the country. The Indian government has taken a series of measures to promote cadaver organ donation.

The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) has a website that disseminates relevant information to all concerned, a 24 x 7 call centre with a toll free helpline number (1800114770) has been made operational.

Various awareness programmes and activities are undertaken at various levels i.e. national, regional, state and institutional level for generating awareness and for imparting training to all those associated with transplant activities including doctors and transplant coordinators.

Activities such as celebration of Indian Organ Donation Day (August 13) every year, seminars, workshops, debates, sports events, walkathons, participation in marathons, nukkad Natak, etc. are also organised at different places in the country to disseminate information and increase awareness. Audio-visual messages to promote cadaver organ donation are also telecast on Doordarshan and other television channels.

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More than 500 awareness activities which include workshops, audio visuals presentations, training programmes, talks, rallies, pamphlet distribution, lectures, debates, walkathons, marathons, etc. have been carried out at NOTTO/ROTTO/SOTTO levels.

The funds allocated under NOTP for Advertising and Publicity during last three years and during the current year is as under:

Financial Year Fund Allocation under Advertising and Publicity (In lakhs of Rs.)

2015-16 100
2016-17 300
2017-18 200
2018-19 1500

The National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) registers hospitals for the purpose of networking. As per the information available with NOTTO, the organ and tissue transplantation hospitals in the country both in public and private sectors, as on date state/union territories wise is at annexure.

Also, the government felicitates some of the donor families during Indian Organ Donation Day to recognise and honour such families. Similar facilitations are carried out by various states/union territories.