Introduction –

We, ZTCC Mumbai in collaboration with NOTTO, had conducted a 3 day MSW / Transplant coordinators’ training program from 26th to 28th October 2015, at MLT auditorium, KEM hospital, Parel.

The program was a success with an attendance of over 57 candidates from all over Mumbai and neighbouring areas. Lectures were delivered by prominent doctors and experts in various transplant fields.

On 27th October, we had a Panel Discussion regarding issues faced by transplant coordinators in the city. The Panel members consisted of Dr. Pravin Shingare, Dr. Suhasini Nagda, Dr. Nagral, Dr. Patwardhan and representatives of ZTCC Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad. Many solutions were presented and the eminent authorities promised to bring about the necessary changes required for better and improved cadaver organ donation.

The program itself was very interactive with a couple of sessions kept for senior transplant coordinators who shared their grief counselling techniques, views and experiences in successfully coordinating cadaver organ donations, and explained various difficult scenarios and how to cope and help the grieving families.

The candidates fared well on the test held on the last day. They were asked to write down slogans in favor of organ donation promotion, and cash prizes were distributed to the 3 best slogan writers.

1. “Sada sweekaru avyavadaanacha marg, karun avyava daan, banvuya prithvi la swarga.”

2. “Tuza ahe tujhya pasha, pan mrutyu nantar avyavdaan karnyas ka bhoolashi?”

3. “In my end lies the new beginning – support Organ Donation.”

The Valedictory function was graced by Dr. Mathur, ZTCC Mumbai Vice President, who gave a very encouraging speech and handed out the certificates, congratulating each candidate as he/she accepted their certificate. The candidates enjoyed the learning experience and look forward to contributing positively to this field.

Dr. Patwardhan and Mrs. Ashtekar were constant support and guidance for the success of this program.

Rationale-
Human Organ Transplantation Act-1994 has paved the way for organ donation and Diseased Donor Transplantation in India. The consequent amendments in 2011 have made it possible to retrieve organs from Non-Transplant Organ Retrieval Centers [NTORCs].
Organ Transplantation is theonly ray of hope for most of the patients suffering from End Stage Organ Failure and in most of the co-ordinating Agencies there is a long recipient waiting list.
The success of the Diseased Donor Transplantation programme depends largely on the awareness in general public and to the great extent on awareness and Sensitisation of the Medical and Para – Medical Professionals of the institute where the death occurs.
On the principle that every family should be approached and given the opportunity to donate organs of their loved ones and no organ should go waste ZTCC Mumbai [upcoming ROTTO and SOTTO Maharashtra and Western Zone] has planned to organise Education and Sensitisation workshops at various districts of Maharashtra and cities of the western Region.

Target Group-
1. Medical and Para- Medical professionals, ICU doctors and staff
2. Social workers or interested individuals and organisations.

Aims and Objectives:-
1] Educate and sensitize them on the issue of organ donation, Human Organ Transplantation and concept of brain stem death.
2] Make them aware about the legal, social, Medical and Ethical aspects of organ donation and transplantation.
3] Identification of brain stem death cases in ICU.
4] Police procedure in Medico-Legal Cases (MLC).
5] Training in grief counselling and motivation.
6] Successful case presentations and experience sharing by transplant coordinators.
7] To establish networking and building alliances of ROTTO or ZTCC s with the local teams of the various hospitals and organizations to co-ordinate the organ donation activities.
Programme plan-
The workshop was conducted with the help of representatives of Appropriate Authority, eminent doctors in the field of organ transplant, law and ethics, transplant coordinators and ZTCC staff. A panel discussion was held with ZTCC Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur secretaries, Director of DMER and representatives of transplant coordinators.

Program Outcome
1. Participants were enlightened about various aspects of cadaver and live organ donation process.
2. Most participants were very motivated and were willing to further this cause by conducting different awareness activities in their place of work and stay.
3. A common group was formed through mobile phone medium in order to be supportive of each participant’s effort for promotion of organ donation and to inform every one of activities taking place around the city and State.
4. Competition held for best slogan written on Organ donation resulted in new and encouraging words for promotion of cadaver organ donation.