WAITING IN THE DARK
As we launch into a promising second season, the Greek statesman Pericles’ astonishingly apt words come to mind. ‘‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’’
If we could see a physical queue of patients in India waiting for organs, we would realise the magnitude of the problem, the darkness and loneliness, the anxiety and fear that surround the lives of lakhs. Battling end-stage organ failure, the only hope for these patients is a donor, who is a match.
An average of five lakh Indians die every year, hoping and praying. Even though they know the shortfall of organs is acute, they have no option. They continue to wait in the dark.
In 2016, only 720 organ donations took place in India but there are millions waiting for an organ transplant. Of those waiting in the dark, some have even stepped forward to pledge to donate their viable organs.
So, what is stopping you?
With organ donation rate in India being 0.5 per million population, which is far less compared to over 30 donors per million in some western countries, it is of utmost importance for Indian masses to start saying ‘yes’ to saving lives.
As each one of us can save up to 8 lives after death, NDTV – Fortis More To Give campaign, in its first season, aimed to spread this message and motivate the people across the country to become organ donors.
With this goal in heart, on 6th August 2016, the campaign took the cause to the streets and held a multi-city Walkathon, which finally resulted in more than 13,000 pledged coming through in one day.
Taking this success forward the campaign, in its second year, is yet again holding a 7-city Walkathon on 26th November 2017 inviting everyone to join in and take the step towards organ donation.
With a special focus on those on the waiting list, the campaign urges you to let go of all the negative factors holding you back from pledging to donate your organs and choose to give the gift of life to someone in need.