There is a significant number of people in India who are suffering from end-stage diseases and unfortunately, a lot of them succumb to death due to the lack of organs. Organ transplantation has yet to go a long way in India. There is a huge gap between the demand and supply of organs. Currently, there are over 5 lakh people in the country who are waiting to get an organ transplantation as they are suffering from deadly diseases, but only around 10,000 successful transplants are done in the country.
To raise awareness about organ transplantation, Amar Gandhi Foundation has started a campaign “Be a Real HERO (Help Everyone Recycle Organ)” to motivate people to donate organs. They are pairing up with several Bollywood celebrities like Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor to promote the initiative. According to the organization, the organs of a single individual can benefit around 8 people, who otherwise would not be able to survive.
Dr Bhavesh Vora, Treasurer of Amar Gandhi Foundation, said, "Each one of us should be motivated in donating the organs when we don't need it anymore. When we are in a brain dead situation, i.e. our brain has stopped working and in few hours time when our heart and other organs are going to seize functioning, in this interim period we can donate our organs to be used for other individuals who are in need of the organs."
Talking about the huge gap of demand and supply of organs in India, Dr Bhupendra Gandhi, the Founder Trustee of Amar Gandhi Foundation, said, "In India, only 10% or fewer people donate their organs while in abroad about 50-60% of the population come forward to donate their organs. This is because of the lack of public awareness and we have started this campaign to raise awareness about the same."
Besides Ranbir and Alia, dignitaries like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and celebrities such as Hema Malini, Kajol, Karan Johar, Saroj Khan, Shilpa Shinde and many more have come forward to support this campaign.
Talking about the initiative, Dr Umesh Khanna, the Secretary of Amar Gandhi Foundation, said: "What we intend to do is to take celebrities along with us who can also promote organ awareness to the people."
Dr. Bhavesh Vora further explained, "I would want each one of us to motivate our family members to donate the organs. So if each individual can motive 2 to 3 more individual to donate their organs slowly in a period of about 6 months to 1 year the whole country will be ready to donate the organs. There is a huge gap between the demand and supply of the organs and we can only bridge the gap if each one of us come forward and donates organs."