• Give yourself and those in need an elixir of life by pledging your organs.”― Mohith Agadi

• A donation is a gift for charity, humanitarian aid, or to benefit a cause. Body and organ donation is a noble and kind act which helps society in numerous ways.

• Donation is significant because thousands of people die or suffer each year needlessly due to a lack of organ and tissue donors.

• A transplant is often the only hope. One organ donor can save as many as eight lives.

Organ donation is the process of removing tissues or organs (part or whole) from a live or recently dead person to be used in another.

Vital organs and tissues can be donated for transplantation. Different types of donations are:

• Organs – heart, kidneys, pancreas, lungs, liver etc.
• Tissue – cornea, skin, blood, sperm, eggs and bone marrow etc
• Body Donation

Why there is a need of organ donation?

• One donor can be a lifesaver and transform many lives as well. Donation affects more than donors and recipients; it influences an entire society. Organ donation gives a born-again moment for those who have lost hope. Organ donation helps people connect to their most human trait, altruism.

• Organ donations which got stopped during the pandemic, have seen a steady rise this year in the first quarter in Karnataka.

Jeevasarthakathe, the State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), which is the nodal agency which facilitates cadaver organ donations, recorded in 2021-

 70 cadaveric donations
 284 organs and tissues (including corneas and heart valves).

 1.5 to 2 lakh people in India need a kidney, but only 3500 of them receive one.
 India’s annual liver transplant requirement is 25,000 - 30000, but we manage only about 1000 - 1500. 80 - 85% of liver transplants are taken care of by a live donor, & the rest are dependent on cadaveric donations.
 Fifty thousand heart transplants are required, but 15 – 20 are done.
 90% of people on the waiting list die without getting an organ.

• A cadaveric dissection is a vital tool for learning anatomy. In addition to learning anatomy, these cadaveric bodies are also utilized for practising surgical skills and developing new methods in numerous hands-on workshops.

• Many colleges have nobody to teach medical students.

So, there is a need for awareness about organ and body donation among the public.