Rotary International is organising mass pledging for organ donation on August 09. Around 100 trained volunteers are spreading awareness on organ donation by visiting societies, colleges and work places.
Once the pledge form is filled the relatives of those who have signed up for the pledge form will get a message informing that a pledge form is being filled by the person. The aim of the program is to create awareness which will help in minimising the gap between demand and supply, in the case of organ transplant.
The initiative is called ‘Gift life’. On August 09, from 11 am to 7 pm Indian Standard Time (IST), everyone except European Union citizens, will be able to pledge on online platform named www.giftlife.co.in.
Rotary district 3131 is leading the event. Amruta Deogaonkar, President of Rotary district 3131, Gandhi Bhavan, said, “Many a times families do not give consent for organ donation. If the person has already pledged for organ donation when he or she was alive, possibilities of families consenting will increase. Pledges do not have any legal validation. But, it will create awareness and the data will be collected with ZTCC.”
Aarti Gokhale, a coordinator at Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said, “These pledges do not have any legal backing because as per law consent of relatives of brain-dead patient is a must. But, if this consent is already given by the person when he or she was alive, there is a possibility of relatives consenting quickly. This initiative will also help in creating awareness in society. After announcing this program even those who are not aware are making inquiries at us.”
Along with ZTCC, National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO) is also supporting the initiative.