ENSURING FAIR EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF AVAILABLE CADAVERIC ORGANS
ZTCC is a not-for-profit, government organization started to promote organ donation in 2000 in Mumbai. ZTCC is an organization impart with international standards with following main aims.
- To promote cadaver transplant.
- Optimal use of all cadaveric available organs.
- To reach out to every needy waiting recipient with fair distribution of organs as per government guidelines.
ZTCC was formed as a coordinating agency for Mumbai and suburbs in 2001, as per the Maharashtra State Guidelines issued for cadaver Transplant in 1999.It is registered under the Charity Commissioner’s Office.
Members- All the registered Transplant Hospitals in Mumbai suburbs and Thane city are the members of the ZTCC, Mumbai. It also has the membership of NGOS who are promoting organ donation and deceased Donor Transplant.
1 ) To coordinate, monitor and supervise the cadaver organ transplant programme.
2) To create transplant registry and maintain computerized waiting list of recipients for each organ.
3) To promote and improve recognition and awareness about organ donation.
Transplant Registry- The ZTCC, Mumbai maintains the computerized waiting list blood group wise for each organ like kidney, liver, heart and lung as per the priority criteria given in the Maharashtra State guidelines. All the registered transplant hospitals send the information of the patients required cadaver organ in the prescribed form for listing. For kidney each patient is given priority score as per the guidelines.[refer guidelines] For liver priority is mainly as per the blood group and date of registration if there is no patient in super urgent category. The patient’s name is registered through hospital and the patients cannot get registered directly to the ZTCC. When the organ is available the organ is offered to the patient only in the hospital from where it is registered with the ZTCC.
As on January 2015, 2776 patients waiting for kidney, 199 for liver[with repeated registration].
When there is a brain death in the registered hospital, the ZTCC is informed. The first kidney goes to the donor hospital patient having highest priority score in that blood group. The second kidney is offered to the patients on city waiting list as per the priority score. The liver is first offered to the patient listed in the super urgent category [ this listing is done after the expert committee approval],if there is no super urgent category patient then the liver is offered to the donor hospital. If there is no patient from the same blood group on the hospital list then the liver is offered to the city waiting list.
The ZTCC Co-ordinators contact hospital co-ordinators who inform the patients about the availability of the organ. The distribution report and reason for refusal are written and filed in the ZTCC office.
The ZTCC, Mumbai has been promoting organ donation by conducting various awareness activities.
Pamphlet and Donor Card distribution – putting up stall at community meetings. Ganesh Mandals, Navratri Utsav , Colleges, corporate etc. Donor card pamphlet has mobile nos. which are contactable day and night.
Awareness talks- ZTCC representatives go to various places to give talks or power point presentation on organ donation
Social groups like Rotary club, Lions club
Mahila Mandals, Ganesh Mandals
Participated in Rallies, Marathon
Co-ordinate for role plays, street plays on organ donation with the help of college students, office workers.
Newspaper reports, magazines- The ZTCC members have written articles in magazines to promote organ Donation
We conduct CMES in the hospitals and for NTORCS to sensitize the professionals. Conduct training programme for MSWs/ para-professionals.