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Manipal Organ Sharing & Transplant (MOST) was set up with the mission to spread knowledge about organ and tissue donation among Indians. Additionally, it strives to encourage hospitals to embrace the best ways to donate organs and tissues, making a positive impact on healthcare.

Approximately three lakh patients are awaiting organ donations nationwide. According to the Global Observatory on Donation and Transplantation, India's organ donation rate has increased from ‘0.05 per ten lakh population’ to ‘0.8 per ten lakh population’ over the course of a few years, as of 2023, which is still moderately low. To bridge this gap, India must aim for 65 donations per million population, necessitating a significant contribution from the healthcare sector. 

Every eight minutes, another person joins the transplant waiting list. And 17 people die each day waiting for an organ transplant.
One deceased organ donor has the potential to save up to eight lives and positively impact up to 75 lives. Yet, it's surprising to learn that out of the few organ donations in the country, a staggering 93% come from living donors, with an astonishing 80% of them being women!


  • Addressing Gender Disparity in Organ Donation
    Currently, 80% of living organ donors in India are women and 80% of recipients are men. Our goal is to bridge this gender gap and reduce the disparity in organ donation.
  • Encouraging Deceased Organ Donation
    We aim to encourage more individuals to pledge to donate their organs after death. This can contribute to meeting the demand for organ transplants and reducing the waiting time for patients in need
  • Decreasing the Pressure on Living Donors
    By promoting deceased organ donation, we aim to minimize the physical and emotional burden on the living members of families.


Organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, and intestines can be donated. Additionally, tissues such as corneas, skin, bone, heart valves, and blood vessels can also be donated.

After registering as an organ donor, your decision is documented in a national registry. In the event of your death, medical professionals will consult this registry and your family to determine your eligibility for donation.

Yes, you can specify which organs or tissues you wish to donate. Organ donor registries allow you to indicate your preferences during the registration process.

No, organ donation will not affect the medical care you receive or your funeral arrangements. Medical professionals prioritize saving lives, and organ donation occurs only after all life-saving efforts have been exhausted

Yes, some organs, such as a kidney or a portion of the liver, can be donated by living donors. Living organ donation typically occurs between family members or individuals with a close relationship.

Yes, you can change your organ donation decision at any time. Simply update your registration in the organ donor registry, inform your family of your decision, or update your driver's license information.

The presence of a medical condition does not necessarily disqualify someone from organ donation. Each case is evaluated individually to determine the suitability of organs for donation.

An organ is a functional element of our body that is specialized to perform a specific function. E.g., lungs, heart, kidneys, intestines, pancreas, liver, etc. Tissue is a collection of cells that is specialized to perform a specific function. E.g., cornea of the eye, skin, heart valve, etc.

Organ donation is a process in which a healthy organ or organs are surgically removed from a living, or a deceased person (the organ donor) and is/are placed inside the recipient or a patient whose organ or organs have failed, damaged, or injured.

Organ donation is important because many people are dying while waiting for an organ. Due to the limited number of organ donors, about 17 people are reported to die daily waiting for an organ. It is said that one person can save at least the lives of 6 to 8 people by donating organs such as lungs, heart, kidneys, intestines, pancreas, liver, etc.

Anyone who wishes to donate organs can be a donor, regardless of age, or medical conditions. A multidisciplinary team of doctors will review your health and determine if you can donate. An organ or organs can be received from a living donor as well as a deceased donor (brain-dead).

The minimum criteria to become an organ donor include:

  • Free of severe infectious diseases, or transmissible diseases like HIV.
  • Consent from the donor or from any nearby kin
  • Good medical condition
  • Non-interfering blood group

Anyone who wishes to donate organs can be a donor, regardless of age. However, as per the guidelines of the government, anyone between 2 years to 65 years can donate organ or organs.

A deceased donor is someone who has just died due to severe brain injury or brain hemorrhage (brain death or brain stem death). In such cases, the brain activity stops and the person will not be able to breathe without artificial life support, and hence he or she is legally declared as dead.

A multidisciplinary team of doctors including Neuro surgeon or Neuro physician, Intensivist or a physician, treating doctor, and the medical superintendent of the hospital are required to conduct a series of tests before confirming a patient is brain-dead or brain stem dead.

Before declaring a person dead, a series of tests are performed and his or her vital organs are kept functioning using an artificial support system. The decision to disconnect the support system and legally authorize the organ donation entirely lies with the family. After identifying a recipient for placement of an organ or organs, the organs and tissues are surgically removed in the operating room. The organs are preserved in a special solution. The ventilator or the artificial support is discontinued, and the donor’s body is surgically closed.

Time taken for transplanting organs from a donor to a patient or a recipient is critical and differs for each organ. For example, transplantation of organs like the heart and lungs, should be done within six hours, while the liver and kidney transplantation can occur within 12 hours and 36 hours respectively. Which is why it is important to choose a potential recipient closer to the donor.

You can become an organ donor by signing an organ donor card. The organ donor card is an expression of your willingness in becoming a donor, as well as a legal way of consenting for donating organs. If you are less than 18 years of age, make sure to inform your parents about your willingness to become an organ donor and obtain an agreement from them to be a donor. In case the donor is deceased, consent from the family or a guardian can be obtained before starting the organ donation process.

Buying or selling organs is strictly prohibited under the “Transplantation of Human Organs” act. This is a crime and is a punishable offense.

Your organs are donated to a patient or a recipient based on several factors such as medical urgency, the longest time spent on the waiting list, location of the donor and the recipient, organ size, blood group, etc. This is referred to as non-directed donation. You can also specify who is to receive your donated organs. This is called a directed or designated donation and can be done for living, as well as for deceased donors.

Organ donation is a noble act of saving lives, and all major religions approve and support organ donation and transplantation.

Prevention is better than cure. Tips to prevent organ failure include:

  • Follow a healthy lifestyle.
  • Avoid processed foods, high-sugar foods, sodium-rich foods, etc.
  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Check blood pressure regularly.
  • Maintain an ideal body weight
  • Manage your blood sugar levels
  • Avoid stress

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