10th Indian Organ Donation Day observed on November 30, 2019 

The 10th Indian Organ Donation Day (IODD) was observed on November 30, 2019, to create awareness on organ donation and to motivate people in donating organs after their death. The day was first observed in the year 2010 and has been organised by the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO).Organ Donation Day 2019The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare(MoH&FW) Shri Harsh Vardhan presided over the 10th Indian Organ Donation Day in New Delhi, which was observed on November 30, 2019. The event was organised by the National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO). Shri Vardhan along with Shri. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State (Mos- HFW), administered the Organ Donation Pledge.

Maharashtra surpassed Telangana & TN in deceased organ donation list:
Dr. Harsh Vardhan gave away awards for the states that performed well in organ donation and organ transplants. In 2019, Maharashtra topped the states in maximum no. of donations surpassing Telangana and Tamil Nadu that usually top the ranking.

  • Maharashtra had 153 deceased donationsBetween November 2018 and October 2019, of which 73 donations took place in Mumbai hospitals. The state officials received the award constituted by NOTTO.

Key Points:

i.As per data available on the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation, India performs 2nd largest number of transplants in the world, next only to the United States of America(USA).

ii.Despite India’s ranking as the second largest performer of organ transplant, there exists a huge gap between those requiring transplants and actual no.of organs available for transplant. India has a dismal 0.65 per million population (PMP) organ donation rate which needs improvement.

iii.NOTTO: NOTTO was set up by the Indian govt. under the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act 2011, for carrying out the activities like promoting organ donation from deceased persons, training the needed manpower for organ donation etc.

iv.Members Present: Shri. Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State (Mos- HFW), Dr. C.Vijayabaskar, Health Minister, Tamil Nadu(TN); Dr Arun Panda,Health Secretary; Shri Arun Singhal, Spl. Secretary, MoHFW; Dr Sanjay Tyagi, DGHS (Directorate General of Health Services) and other officials were present during the event.