Since Facebook is the largest social networking platform these days, the India’s premier medical Institute AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi is all set to take help of Facebook to encourage volunteers to donate organs. AIIMS is the India’s largest medical Institute and was established in 1956 by the Indian Parliament with the objective of developing a strong curricular foundation for undergraduate and post-graduate healthcare education in India. Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has also associated with the organ donation campaign and has provided a “donate organ” button in the users’ facebook timeline but currently this option is not available in Indian users’ timeline.
The Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation at AIIMS, which is responsible for encouraging organ donation in the country is planning to join Facebook in order to create awareness about it.
According to Dr Arti Vij, chief of Organ Retrieval Banking Organisation at AIIMS:
We are still weighing the pros and cons of it. Facebook is a good platform to spread the message of voluntary organ donation to the masses. Once we have assessed everything, we will decide the day
An individual can donate 11 organs which includes heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas, eyes, heart valve and skin. The transplant rate in India is very poor due to unavailability of the donors. Only 30-odd transplants have been done after the first successful heart transplant in 1994. We should hope that this revolutionary step of AIIMS will help to increase the awareness about organ donaions in the country and more donors will be available to donate the organs.