3 May 2023

Organ Transplants Triple Across Country In A Decade; Far Sighted Changes In Offing To Reform Organ Donation

New Delhi: Far sighted structural changes are in the offing to reform the organ donation and organ transplant sector. Directions to this effect were given by Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya as he reviewed the status of organ donations and transplant with senior officers of the Health Ministry, here on Wednesday, in the presence of Dr. Bharti Pravin Pawar, MOS, Health.  

PM Narendra Modi called upon the countrymen to come forward for the noble cause of organ donation for saving lives of fellow human beings in the 99th episode of “Man Ki Baat” Programme. This has given a fresh impetus to organ donation in the country.  The number of total organ transplants in the country has substantially increased from less than 5000 in 2013 to more than 15000 in 2022.  

Better coordination leads to utilization of more organs per donor

Now, more organs per deceased donor are being utilized due to better coordination through the Network of Organ & Tissues Transplant Organizations at National (NOTTO), Regional (ROTTO) and State level (SOTTO) e.g. in the year 2016, 2265 organs were utilized from 930 deceased donors while 2765 could be utilized from 904 deceased donors in the year 2022.

NOTTO is working on a Transplant Manual as a step by step guide for implementation of Organ Donation and Transplantation Progamme in the Hospitals and also on a Standard Course for training of Transplant Coordinators.  

Under the guidance of the Union Health Minister, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is also imbibing learnings from international best practices for further policy reforms towards augmentation of organ donation and transplantation in the country.

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