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Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant (MOST) has been established with an aim to increase awareness on organ and tissue donation amongst the people of India and to promote best practices on organ and tissue donation in hospitals.

Global Observatory on Organ Donation and Transplantation data indicates that 12,666 organ transplants were carried out in India in 2019, next only to United States and China. However, there remains a wide gap between the number of patients who need transplants and the availability of organs in the country. An estimated 1.8 lakh individuals suffer from kidney failure every year, but only 10,000 kidney transplants are done annually. About 2,00,000 patients die of liver failure and liver cancer annually in India, of whom 10-15% can be saved with a timely liver transplant. Against an estimated requirement of 25,000 liver annually, only 2000 are being performed. Similarly about 50,000 persons suffer from heart failure annually but less than 200 heart transplants are performed in India. About 25000 cornea transplants are done every year against a requirement of 1,00,000.

Majority of organ transplants in India are done from living donors and in 2019, only 2060 (16.3%) transplants were carried out from 715 deceased donors after brain death. The organ donation rate remains less than one per million population. There are 27 Manipal Hospitals across the country. Any effort to promote organ and tissue donation must be embraced with social, legal and medical information from all parts of the country.


  • Establishment of 24-hour referral service for organ and tissue donation with a dedicated phone number and email (most@manipalhospitals.com)
  • Provide expert assistance in documentation and procedures related to organ and tissue donation
  • Provide assistance with family counselling and support
  • Establish facility for counselling of families for cornea donation after every death in hospital by implementing the nurse-based IDEAL (Immediate Donation of Eyes After Life) protocol
  • Establish organ and tissue pledging facility on website of Manipal Hospitals
  • Training of doctors, nurses, transplant coordinators and administrative staff on all aspects of organ and tissue donation
  • Coordination with agencies involved in organ and tissue donation like National Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO), Regional Organ & Tissue Transplant
  • Organization (ROTTO), State Organ & Tissue Transplant Organization (SOTTO), Non-Government Organizations and the police
  • Maintaining data on brain deaths and carrying out periodic quality checks on organ and tissue donation

MOHAN foundations report on the MOST-MOHAN training

  • 1 st MOST- MOHAN Foundation training on Transplant Coordination held from 22 th  to 26 th  March 2022 at 4 th floor, HCMCT Manipal Hospital, Dwarka. 
  • A total of 36 delegates of diverse profiles such as transplant coordinators, doctors, nurses, social workers, dialysis technicians, psychologists from 7 states of India namely, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Manipur attended the training.
  • 27 eminent speakers and experienced professionals from the medical/non-medical fraternity conducted sessions. Various activities were conducted in order to make the training interesting.
  • A panel discussion was held on the last day. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Avnish Seth and Ms Pallavi Kumar.
  • Pre and post- training evaluation test was conducted on the first and last day respectively. Ms Simi Joseph from MHD topped the training.

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What is organ Donation?

The precious gift of life given to another individual by donating one’s organs during life or after life is called organ donation.

Much like the act of giving away articles that we no longer need, for someone else to use; our organs can also be given away after they have served our life. This is organ donation, and we all can pledge to donate our organs after our life.

Can organs be donated during life?

Yes, this is called living organ donation. Healthy individuals can donate one kidney or a part of the liver to a near relative. India has one of the best expertise and the largest experience in living donor organ transplants in the world.

What is deceased organ donation?

Organs can be retrieved from our body after brain death and transplanted into compatible recipient who are in dire need of the same. The allocation of organs is done by Government agencies like the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) or their Regional and State offices.

What is brain death?

Patients on ventilator and life support, who have suffered head injury, stroke or have brain tumor may lose brain stem function despite the best efforts of the treating teams, leading to brain death. The heart continues to beat for a few hours or days after the brain dies, thus maintaining vital blood supply to the organs and keeping them alive. Brain death is irreversible. Brain death is death.

What all organs can be donated?

A brain dead person can donate heart, lungs, kidney liver, pancreas and small intestine.

How does tissue donation differ from organ donation?

Tissues like cornea, bones, skin, heart valves, blood vessels, nerves and tendons remain viable even 6 to 8 hours after the heart stops. While organ donation following brain death can be done only in ICU setting, tissue donation is possible after any death, even at home.

Who all can donate organs?

Anyone can donate, as there is no age limit to organ donation. A 50-year-old may have poor organ function while a 70-year old may in good shape. Doctors assess the function of each organ in great detail before deciding on going ahead with organ retrieval and transplantation.

Is family consent required for organ donation?

Informed consent is required by the donor’s family or next of kin even when a person has already pledged to donate their organs.

Does India have laws on Organ donation?

The Transplantation of Human Organs and Act 1994 and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act 2011, with all their amendments, recognise brain death, and lay down the guidelines on all aspects of deceased organ and tissue donation.

Is the body disfigured after donation?

No, the body of the donor is handled with utmost respect and dignity. Trained clinicians retrieve the organs with precision and stitch the body in a neat and clean manner in the operation theater.

Will organ or tissue retrieval hurt the donor?

No. The dead donor rule is always followed in organ donation. The deceased is already dead even though the heart is still beating. There is no question of feeling any sensation.

How can I pledge to donate?

Anyone having above 18 years of age, can pledge to donate organs. pledge now (clicking here should take the user to the bottom of the page where they see the pledge now button) link to learn more.

What if my religious beliefs do not permit donation?

Every religion teaches the core values of love, kindness, sharing and caring. There is no religion, culture or custom that refutes the act of giving. Some supporting facts and excerpts from religious texts are shared below:

HINDUISM: “The body is a garment of the soul, with each life a new garment is worn and the old one is lost in dust. - it is said that the soul is invisible, knowing this you should not grieve for the body.” Daan is the act of selfless giving. -Bhagvad Gita, chapter 2:25.

SIKHISM: “The dead sustain their bond with the living through virtuous deeds”. -Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib, p 143.

ISLAM: “Whosoever saves the life of one person would be as if he saved the life of all mankind”. - Holy Quran, chapter 5:32.

CHRISTIANITY: Sacrifice and helping others are consistent themes in Christianity, which teaches the principle of seeking for others what you hope others would do for you. Teaching of Jesus Christ:- “…. Freely you have received, freely give.”- Mathew, chapter 10:8.

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