India CSR News Network
MUMBAI: Wockhardt Foundation, a not-for-profit organization engaged in social service and human welfare activities launches its new initiative ‘Organ Daan’, advocating organ donation, with a mission to educate and sensitize the public about organ donation and encourage pledging of organs.
Every year in India, 5 lakh people die waiting for organs to be transplanted. Though 2, 00,000 people need a kidney every year, only 3% get it. Organ donation rate in India is 0.34 per million, and is among the lowest in the world standing at 0.08% as organ donors per million (PMP).
A step to overcome atleast a part of the need Wockhardt Foundation has come up with the new initiative- ‘Organ Daan’
Organ Daan is a programme aimed at spreading public awareness about importance of donating organs and encouraging pledging of organs for transplantation to save lives. The programme would focus on educating the public by breaking the barriers, myths and misconceptions surrounding organ donation and thereby encouraging volunteered organ donation which is ultimately necessary to control commercial transplantation or organ trafficking.
Dr. Huz (Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala), CEO, Trustee, Wockhardt Foundation expresses himself saying, ‘We Indians always preserve good stuff, we avoid wastage, I think same should be applied to our valuable organs. Organs are precious. Organ donation is a good way to help a needy live good life even after our demise. Let’s promote it and do it.”
‘Organ Daan’ programme would promote organ donation through hospitals, campaigns and numerous volunteers across cities. The programme would have a strong virtual presence by campaigning via social media and in fact, one would be able to register their pledges to donate organs through the website www.organ-daan.org and the soon-to-be launched ‘Organ Daan’ app.
Wockhardt Foundation is a national, not-for-profit organization engaged in social service and human welfare activities. Its 9 programmes have made perceptible change in its areas of operations to the lives of the underprivileged. Mobile 1000, its flagship programme, aims at operating 1000 Mobile Health Vans in rural India and administering free primary healthcare to 2.5 million Indians every year. As of date, there are 91 Mobile 1000 Vans operating in 18 states and doing yeoman service to rural India.
Its other programmes like Little Hearts, Pronto Toilet, Pronto Bio-Toilet, E-Learning, Khel Khel Mein, Wockhardt Skills Development Institute, SHUDHU water purification tablets and Adarsh Gram Yojana have made significant impact and it continues to expand its social coverage in areas where the need is the most. Says it’s Trustee & CEO, Dr. Huz (Dr. Huzaifa Khorakiwala) -“Wockhardt Foundation operates its social programmes based on the 3 B’s – Big, Best and Bold. The Big ensures scale, the Best ensures quality and the Bold ensures need.” Wockhardt Foundation is governed by a simple philosophy -“where every smile counts”.