Organ and tissue donation is when a person gives consent legally for his or her own organ or tissue to be removed and transplanted into another person. After the person’s death, the same may be done legally with the assent of next of kin.
The medical procedures that are involved mean that the role of the doctor is significantduring this life-saving procedure. This adds the need for the medical fraternity to educate themselves in this domain in order to be able to contribute to the existing shortage of organ pool, through PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION.
Docfort Meducation, a community of medical professionals and students, pledges to campaign to add more donors for this cause.
II. THE PROBLEM
The statistics show that in India every year:
● 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs
● 200,000 people die of liver disease
● 50,000 people die from heart disease
● 150,000 people await a kidney transplant but only 5,000 get one
● 1,000,000 lakh people suffer from corneal blindness and await transplant
Along with NOTTO, there have been attempts by The Times of India, Mohan Foundation, Gift of India, Shatayu, Gift of Life and other organizations to take the initiative.
Yet, the statistic in India stands at 0.08 persons as organ donors per million population (PMP), poor by global standards.
III. THE SOLUTION
In organ and tissue donation, there are two parties involved: the donor and the recipient. At both ends, the professionals who take the medical decisions which are crucial to harvesting, matching, donating and transplanting are doctors. Doctors have the expertise to be the communicators who enable these decisions. Docfort Meducation proposes a radical new solution: Professional Communication.
We define it as expert communication by the medical community to the general population regarding the process of organ and tissue donation with a view to increase the number of organ donors Per Million Population (PMP).
IV. THE ATTEMPT
As a community of medical students and doctors, Docfort Meducation has a moral responsibility to deploy their expertise in promoting a life-saving procedure best explained by the professionals who will implement it.
As a community of medical professionals, we will attempt to keep the Hippocratic Oath as stated by Louis Lasagna, Dean of the School of Medicine, Tufts University. I will gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow. I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
With this in mind, Docfort Health Services was formed to strategize the National Organ and Tissue Donation (NOTD) Campaign as part of Media in Medical Education (MIME), an initiative by Docfort Meducation.
ODAP GUIDE MAP
– To increase the number of organ donors in India
– To clear misconceptions about organ donation among donors
– To give the right information at the right time and create an encouraging
culture of harmony which will enable more donors
– To improve awareness and infrastructure and thereby enable organ harvesting and transplantation without wastage
– To present the medical community as the guiding lights for organ donation in the country and raise it to international standards of integrity
B. GUIDING PRINCIPLE
Professional Communication by the medical community with integrity and empathy for the donor as well as r
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