World Organ Donation Day
Every Year, 13th of August is celebrated as World Organ donation day. It is a day to remember those wonderful families who lost their loved ones but even in that moment of sadness, they gave life to others. It is a day to remember for all those sick patients who survived and got a new lease of life out of someone’s kindness. It is a day for all of us to understand the importance of organ donation. This selfless act of kindness can save many lives and make this world better.
In our country, the prevalence of end stage kidney disease is around 15 to 17% and it is on the rise because India is diabetic capital of the world. Apart from finances, there is an ever-increasing gap between the patients awaiting a KT and the patients who get a KT, resulting in a gross mismatch between demand and supply. As per ministry of Health, about 150,000 people in India are waiting for renal transplantation, with around 5000 receiving actual transplants, that means only 1 out of 30 people who need a kidney actually receives one. Ninety percent of people on the waiting list die without getting an organ.
Similarly, around 10 lakh patients of liver cirrhosis are newly diagnosed every year in India. Liver disease is the tenth most common cause of death in India as per the World Health Organization. Liver disease may affect every 1 in 5 Indians. Liver Cirrhosis is the 14th leading cause of deaths in the world and could be the 12th leading cause of deaths in the world by 2020.
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), or a cancer in the liver, is the second most common cause of death due to malignancy in the world. At present, the need for liver transplantation in India is estimated to be around 25,000 LT per year. However, the current rate of LT performed is around 1000 to 1200 LT per year respectively.
Our State of Telangana is a shining example of improving rate of organ donation in the country. Due to continued efforts of Jeevandan authority under the Govt of Telangana, from its inception in 2013, almost 1600 kidneys have been retrieved, benefitting more than 3200 patients of kidney failure, more than 1000 livers retrieved. We need to make organ donation a people’s movement and spread the message about this selfless act of kindness.
There is a growing epidemic of these end stage diseases, which warrants the need for timely transplants as a long-term definitive option. No caste/ region / religion ever bars anyone from saving others’ lives.
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