Pune: Marathon to be organised to spread awareness on organ donation 

On Sunday, October 20, Punekars will run a marathon to spread awareness of the importance of organ donation. The run has been organised by Lions Club International District 3234D2 in Pune. The marathon will have a run of 3 km, 5 km, 10 km and 21 km i.e. half-marathon. The run has been organised at Pune near BMCC college ground

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  • As per the Health Ministry’s report in 2018, only 0.80 per million people opted to donate their organs in India. And, there is a steep imbalance between the demand and supply of the organs. 
  • The main aim of the marathon is to spread awareness among the children and youths about the importance of organ donation
  • India needs 2 lakh kidneys every year for the transplant, but only 8,000 are available. The same is the case with heart transplants. While the demand for the heart has reached 30,000 the availability is only 200.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Lalitkumar Dhoka, Paediatrician and the coordinator of Pune marathon said, “There is not much awareness about organ donation in India. Owing to which people are not forthcoming when it comes to donating organs. We need to build a strong campaign to spread the word among the masses. Our motto is to reach out to thousands of people and create awareness of organ donation.”

A few days back, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, spearheaded this movement and spoke of the need in creating awareness on organ donation. He has directed health ministers of all the states to come forward and take personal initiative to promote awareness on organ donation.

One single organ and tissue donor can save or improve the lives of more than eight people, helping to restore eyesight, damaged tissues or vital functions. Organ transplantation gives thousands of children and adults each year a renewed chance at living full and active lives

Organ donation is the process of donating organs or biological tissue to a living recipient, who needs a transplant. There is a huge shortage of donated organs in India, which results in a large number of deaths among patients as they do not receive an organ in time.

Almost anyone, regardless of age, race or gender, can become an organ and tissue donor.