Maharashtra

Maharashtra

Maharashtra
Organ donation in Maharashtra has remained a dormant topic for many years. Though being the second most populous state of the country, the number of cadaver organ donation and transplant cases has been very low. The reason for this was lack of information among the masses and the absence of pro-activeness by the government. But the year 2012 showed a change in the statistics of cadaver organ donation and transplant.

The incident that triggered this change was the death of former Chief Minister, Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh, who passed away due to the inability of receiving organs on time. Since then, the city has registered 29 cadaver organ donations, the state’s highest till date.

There are many non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) and individuals who have been working for promoting organ donation among the people. Several events and programs are regularly organized by these institutions to let people know about the importance and necessity of organ donation.

The Maharashtra government has also taken several steps to increase the rate of organ donation in the state. Soon driving licenses and college identity cards would have the organ donation sticker if a person is willing to pledge his/her organs.