Organ donation campaign by the Indian Air Force is winning hearts.
Organ transplantation is a viable treatment option for a number of otherwise fatal diseases. It gives a second-life to a terminally ill individual. The Armed Forces Medical Services has the infrastructure and expertise to conduct organ transplantation but there has been an acute shortage of available organs for transplantation in India.
Every year thousands die waiting for a transplant due to lack of organs. The only answer to this vexing problem lies in organ donation. India, with an organ donation rate of 0.6/million population, has one of the lowest organ donations in the world. Lack of awareness is the reason for this low rate of donation. There is an urgent need to increase awareness in the population on organ donation.
Air Force began the organ donation campaign on 12 Dec 2016.
A seminar was held at the Air Force auditorium to increase awareness and promote the initiative among the population. Around 500 air warriors and their families joined hands to strengthen the organ donation movement in the country, especially in Indian Air Force. The seminar was organised by Air Force Central Medical Establishment under the aegis of Directorate General Medical Services (Air). The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Air Command was the chief guest for the event.