Overview

Overview

Overview
The status of cadaver organ donation in Maharashtra has gained momentum in the last few years. Earlier, there was a wide gap between demand and supply of the organs; lack of knowledge about organ donation and also several myths regarding it in people’s minds was one of the main reasons for it. However, the continuous efforts taken by several NGOs as well as governmental organizations in the state have improved the status of organ donation in the state.

The year 2012 showed the highest number of cadaver organ donation in Maharashtra in fifteen years. Times of India reported that 381 kidney transplantations and 21 liver transplantations happened from April 2012 to December 2012.
One of the organizations that works towards improving the status of organ donation in Maharashtra is ZTCC. The Zonal Transplantation Coordination Center, is a non-governmental organization that is responsible for all activities concerning donation, retrieval, transportation and transplantation of organs. This organization comprises a team of surgeons, members of NGOs, etc. The ZTCC has its offices in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Aurangabad.

Another NGO in Mumbai that works towards the promotion of organ donation is Narmada Kidney Foundation, which was founded by Dr. Bharat Shah, a well-known nephrologist. He along with some like-minded individuals started this organization to prevent kidney diseases and also to make people realize the importance of donating their organs after one’s death.

The efforts taken by the organizations have shown great results in the status of cadaver organ donation. Several new laws have been introduced by the Maharashtra government to make organ donation and transplantation an easier process.