Organ Donation Day is observed every year on 13th of August. The aim of this day is to motivate people to donate organs after death, and to spread awareness about the importance of organ donation.
Organ Donation is donating a donor’s organs like heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and pancreas, after the donor dies, for the purpose of transplanting them into another person who is in need of an organ.
Points to be noted
i.Should spread awareness to the people about the need of organ donation.
ii.To remove the hesitations of the people about donating organs.
iii.Organ donor can be irrespective of their age, caste, religion, community etc.
iv.There is no defined age for donating organs. The decision to donate organs is based on strict medical criteria, not age.
v.Tissues such as cornea, heart valves, skin, and bone can be donated in case of natural death but vital organs such as heart, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, and pancreas can be donated only in the case of ‘brain death’.
vi.Organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver, kidneys and lungs can be transplanted to those recipients whose organs are failing because it allows many recipients to return to a normal lifestyle.
vii.Anyone younger than age 18 needs to have the agreement of a parent or guardian to be a donor.