Ms Pallavi Kumar, Executive Director (MF) and Ms Arati Gokhale, Convenor, ZTCC (Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee), Pune underwent Gift of Life Institute’s (GOLI) Mini Fellowship in Organ Donation from October 15-26, 2018 in USA. This fellowship was facilitated under the auspices of the International Cooperation Agreement signed between Gift of Life Institute, Philadelphia and MOHAN Foundation in 2015.
One of the objectives of the agreement was facilitating the enhancement of the deceased donation and transplantation program in India through education and training of donation and transplantation professionals in the country.
The Mini Fellowship was sponsored through an educational grant from MOHAN, USA, Inc. which is a 501(c) (3) registered non-profit organization that was formed to increase awareness about organ shortage and promote transparency and ethical organ transplantation in India and the rest of the world (www.mohanusa.org) Gift of Life Donor Program, Philadelphia is the largest non-profit.
Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) in USA that serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. It facilitated 565 organ donations in 2017 that resulted in 1,546 transplants (50 donors per million population) – the highest volume in the U.S.
- The Mini Fellowship comprised didactic sessions, observational learning, workshops and special events.
- Didactic Sessions
- Gift of Life Donor Program manages every facet of the donation process, coordinates the recovery of organs and tissues, and allocates the organs to suitable recipients as per UNOS allocation policies. All these aspects were covered by the experts during the following didactic sessions.