Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
24-February-2015 13:22 IST
Promotion of Organ Donation

Since health is a state subject, the list of patients waiting for organs for organ transplantation is not maintained centrally.

Also, the primary responsibility to promote organ donation including cadaver donation is that of the state governments. The Government of India has, however, enacted the Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994 which has been further amended in 2011 to promote cadaver organ retrieval/donation and making organs available to the persons in need of suchorgans. Further, a National Organ Transplant Programme has also been approved to promote organ donation from deceased donors and a website has been made operational to provide information related to organ donation and organ pledging. Awareness activities such as Organ Donation Runs and other activities are organized for dissemination of information to the public in general including in India International Trade Fair. These activities help in spreading the message regarding importance of and need for deceased organ donation. SMSs are also sent to NIC mail users.

The government is coordinating efforts with non-governmental organizations or associations working in the field of organ or tissue donation.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the RajyaSabha here today.