Organ Donation Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Importance of Organ Donation, Facts & Quotes

Organ Donation Day 2020 - On 13 August 2020, Organ Donation Day provides a great opportunity in everyone's life to come ahead and pledge to donate their precious organs which will save the lives of many. Read the article to get more information about Organ Donation Day 2020, How to donate organs, eligibility, Facts about Organ Donation.

Sheena | Updated Jun 30, 2020 12:31 PM

Organ Donation Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Importance of Organ Donation, Facts & Quotes

Organ Donation Day 2020

Organ donation day is observed on August 13th every year. Organ Donation Day strives to motivate people to donate their healthy and precious organs after death to save lives. Organ Donation Day aims to create awareness about the huge population that dies due to organ failure in India. National Health Portal reported that 500,000 people in India die due to the non-availability of organs. 

What is the History of Organ Donation Day?

Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India launched Organ Donation Day in the year 2010 in New Delhi. Organ donation day was established with the focus to spread information and make people aware of organ donation. The day also attempts to eliminate the fears and the myths people have in their mind about organ donation. On this day, people are educated that Organ donation can be life-changing for many. The practice can give a new life to the ones in need.

What is the importance of Organ Donation Day?

Organ donation is the process of removing an organ from one person, with the consent of the person & Family, and surgically placing it in another person. Organ donation also means that saving the organs of a donor, for the purpose of transplanting them into another person who is in need of an organ. It is a gift of life. A donor can initiate to donate his organs after his/her death. After the death of the donor, these organs can be transplanted into another person who is in urgent requirement. 

According to the national guidelines, anyone can be an organ donor irrespective of caste, religion, age,  and community. The observation of the Organ donation day is to urge people of all communities to come forth and donate organs to save precious lives that are lost due to organ failure.

Who can be an organ donor?

The organ can be donated by any person. Anyone irrespective of age, race or gender can become an organ and tissue donor. In reality, newborns and senior citizens into their 90s have been organ donors. It should be noted that the health of your organs is more important than the age of the person. To donate an organ:

  • The donor should be in good physical and mental health

  • The person must be above 18 years. If the person is under the age of 18 years, then the consent of the parent or legal guardian is essential.

  • He or she should be willing to donate and not under compulsion

  • The organ donor must be well informed about the process of the risks, benefits, both good and bad, for both the donor and recipient.

How can you be an organ donor?

As per the guidelines released on the official website of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), there are two ways to donate organs:

1. One can pledge for organ donation when he/she is alive
2. By consent of family after death.

If a person in India wants to become a donor, he/she should follow the steps below:

A person can donate an organ by filling up a donor form. The form could be obtained personally or through the mail. 

  • One should download the donor form the official website without any fees

  • Once you download, fill the "Organ/Body Donation" form

  • The donor needs two witnesses' signature on the donor form. One of the two witnesses must be a near relative.

  • Upon requestion, a "Donor Card" with a registration number will be sent to you.

  • After becoming an organ donor, one should share about organ donation & importance with others

One can register themselves with:

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO)
Official website: www.notto.gov.in

Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Official website: https://www.kem.edu/

Government Multispecialty Hospital, Omnadurar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Official website: http://www.tngmssh.tn.gov.in/

Institute of PG Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal
Official website: http://www.ipgmer.gov.in/

PGIMER Chandigarh, UT of Chandigarh
Official website: http://pgimer.edu.in/PGIMER_PORTAL/PGIMERPORTAL/home.jsp

Guwahati Medical College, Assam
Official website: http://gmchassam.gov.in/

Which organs can be donated?

Millions of people, so far, have registered to become organ donors. Despite this, people lost their lives with vital organ failure. About 90% of patients in India dies while waiting for the organs due to the lack of donors. The organs that can be donated are:

  • Kidney

  • Lungs

  • Heart

  • Eye

  • Liver

  • Pancreas

  • Cornea

  • Small Intestine

  • Skin tissues

  • Bone tissues

  • Heart valves

  • Veins

Organ Donation Day - Quotes

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

The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation. – Steven Cojocaru

Live life after death - pledge to donate your body.” ― Amit Abraham

Potential organ donors are slipping away, and with them, slip away the hopes of countless people and families. – James Redford

Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope, no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a gift. – United Network for Organ Sharing

Be a blood and organ donor. All it costs is a little love. – Author Unknown

You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else’s life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you. – Bonnie Arbon

The value of life is not in its duration but in its donation. You are not important because of how long you live, you are important because of how effective you live. – Myles Munroe

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Organ Donation Day - FAQ

1. What organs and tissues can be donated?

Eight vital organs namely heart, kidneys (2), pancreas, lungs (2), liver, and intestines can be donated. Recently, hands and faces have also been added to the list. And tissues including cornea, skin, heart valves, bone, blood vessels, and connective tissue can enhance over 75 lives. Apart from this, Bone marrow and stem cells, umbilical cord blood, peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) can also be donated.

2. Can I specify what I want to donate?

When registering online, one can choose which organs and tissues will be donated or to donate everything that can be used.

3. Are there age limits for donating your organs?

There are no age restrictions on who can donate. Newborns and senior citizens have been organ donors. Whether or not you can donate depends on your physical condition and the condition of your organs, not age.

4. Are there any costs to my family for donations?

No, there will not be any. Your family will pay for your medical care and funeral costs, but not for organ donation. Costs related to donation are paid by the recipient.

5. Can I donate organs to my friend or loved one awaiting a transplant?

Yes. You can! You should specify who is to receive your donated organ or organs you are participating in the directed or designated donation. This can be done for both deceased donors and living donors. If your organ is not compatible with the designated recipient, a paired exchange could be possible.