Transplant Coordination - A Fulfilling Career Option From MOHAN Foundation & IGNOU
MOHAN Foundation–IGNOU Community College offers a one year Diploma programme in Transplant Coordination & Grief Counselling.
MOHAN Foundation has been working in the field of deceased organ donation since 1997and we have long felt the need for trained transplant coordinators/grief counsellors. Now, under the aegis of Indira Gandhi National Open University(IGNOU), MOHAN Foundation has started a Community College which will run programmes in specialised need-based areas – the first one being a one year Diploma programme in Transplant coordinators' training and grief counselling. Graduates in the sciences, social work, medical psychology, sociology, physiotherapy as well as candidates with a Diploma in General Nursing and midwifery are eligible to apply. In addition, graduates in any field with good communication skills and an interest in the area of organ donation can do the course. About 160 participants have attended the transplant coordinators' training programme of MOHAN Foundation through short term courses since December 2009. This initiative has been supported by the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust.
The Diploma programme involves training in counselling families of “brain dead” patients to donate organs and coordinating the entire process of organ donation, retrieval and transplantation. The candidates are trained in all aspects of counselling with intense one-on-one role play by experienced Transplant Coordinators from across the country. At the end of the programme, every successful participant will be in a position to create a roadmap for initiating an organ donation programme in his or her hospital/city/region and work as the key resource person to spearhead transplant-related activities.The Government of India in its gazette titled THE TRANSPLANTATION OF HUMAN ORGANS RULES, 1995 (GSR NO. 51(E), dr. 4-2- 1995) [As amended vide GSR 571(E), dt.31- 7-2008] has made transplant coordinator nomination mandatory before a hospital is registered as a transplant hospital. This means that there is now a huge requirement for trained transplant coordinators. The one year Diploma programme in Transplant Coordinators' Training & Grief Counselling starts in August 2011 in Chennai.
Most of our well-trained transplant coordinators have a deceased donation conversion rate of over 60% and are contributing to the success of the programme in both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Over a period of time this resource staff will have the power to change the course of the deceased donation and transplantation programme in India. This is the first such structured training programme in Asia. There are cultural similarities in the Asian region which may make India the destination of choice for training of coordinators and provide an alternative to Spain.
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