Ganadarpan’s 46 Day Organ Donation and Transplantation Drive: Educating Masses and Saving Lives Since 1977

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Kolkata, Nov 7, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Ganadarpan, a Kolkata based NGO, is at the helm of a nationwide donation and education drive, on the occasion of the 8th International and 3rd National Organ Donation Day. This campaign commenced in the city from October 14, 2012, and is scheduled to stretch till the November 30 (not November 28, as was planned initially). This is just an example of the popularity and acceptance that Ganadarpan can boast of after their decades of struggle to inform the masses about the necessity and benefits of organ donation.

Across 12 states of Eastern and North Eastern India, workshops, seminars and symposia will be organized in order to spread awareness and get donors from the regions to meet the objectives of the campaign.

The NGO has been in the limelight for sponsoring and heading a number of organ donation and transplantation drives in the past as well. In the year 2003, communist stalwart Jyoti Basu had pledged his body to the foundation while inaugurating a workshop which was organized by Ganadarpan at that time. And, the pledge was kept. Reports also point out to nearly 300 organ donation pledges after Basu’s death. Similar pledges have also been made by well known public figures either for transplantations or medical research.

The response has always been equally good for the donation drives conducted by Ganadarpan, said Mr. Brojo Roy, General Secretary of Ganadarpan. Plans are in the pipeline to take the drive to the other states as well. The team has already traveled across a number of districts in West Bengal, Assam and Orissa, welcomed by classes and masses alike.

Giving due consideration to the interactivity factor, the team has also included entertainment programs like performing arts (gymnastics and theatrical performances), mime shows and talk shows to attract and retain the public’s interest in the drive. The talk shows will focus on the objectives of Ganadarpan and its plans for the future.

On November 4, Ganadarpan organized a seminar cum symposia in Bhubaneswar in association with MOTHER (Multi Organ transplantation and Human and Education Research) in Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS). This will be followed by programs in Cuttack, Tripura, Silchar, Manipur, Guwahati and Jamshedpur. The drive was originally slated for a wrap up in SSKM hospital, Kolkata with a concluding session. This has, however, been stretched to the 30th of November, with a program in Patna, Bihar.