Milaap and MOHAN Foundation Collaborate to Bridge Knowledge Gap and Transform Organ Transplants in India
Kolkata, October 7, 2023:
Milaap, India’s largest crowdfunding platform, announces the unveiling of the Financial Compendium by the MOHAN Foundation during the 16th Annual Conference of Transplant Coordinators organised by Network & Alliance of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO) on October 7th in Kolkata. The “Funding for Dialysis and Transplants: A Comprehensive Compendium” was compiled by MOHAN Foundation, a leading NGO in organ donation. It received research support from NATCO and financial backing from Milaap. This resource offers comprehensive information on financial assistance for organ donation and transplant in India, benefiting hospitals and individuals, transplant coordinators, NGOs, and transplant patients seeking information about organ donation.
The need for organ transplants is rising steadily in India. According to the Ministry of Health, 3 lakh patients are waiting for organ donation across the country. In 2022, there were 1,589 kidney transplants, 761 liver transplants, and 250 heart transplants performed at various centers. However, challenges such as lack of awareness, organ scarcity, and high costs still continue to persist. Organ transplants in India can cost between INR 10 to 25 lakhs, creating a significant financial burden for families.
The compendium aims to bridge the knowledge gap by presenting a wealth of information on available resources and financial assistance, encouraging and assisting economically deprived patients, hospitals, and NGOs. It also sheds light on various central and state government financial schemes that provide assistance to patients.
Speaking on the occasion, Mayukh Choudhury, CEO and Co-Founder, of Milaap, said, “Organ donation is considered one of the most profound acts of kindness. It not only saves a life but also has a ripple effect, touching the lives of several others. Despite the significant number of organ transplants in the country, there’s a lack of a comprehensive data bank, leaving patients unaware of the potential benefits they can receive. Through this compendium, our aim is to fill the awareness void and make the challenging journey for transplant patients more manageable. We hope that this guide will not only assist hospitals, NGOs, and patients but also contribute to saving numerous lives through organ transplantation. We are thrilled to launch this guide in partnership with MOHAN Foundation, an organisation that has dedicated years to this noble cause. Together, we aspire to make a meaningful impact in this space.”
Lalitha Raghuram, Country Director, MOHAN Foundation, highlighted, “This compendium is the most invaluable gift for patients going for transplant. There is no such ready record in the whole of India where economically underprivileged patients can access information about funding. We are glad we are able to do this.”
Milaap plays a pivotal role in funding transplant surgeries for both children and adults across India. The crowdfunding platform has been instrumental in bridging the financial gap for individuals and families facing the high costs of organ transplantation. Over the years, Milaap’s crowdfunding initiatives have raised nearly INR 200 crores to support close to 15,000 transplants, of which 64% were adult transplants and 44% were pediatric transplants. Their efforts have significantly contributed to liver, kidney, lung, and heart transplants for beneficiaries primarily in the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Delhi. The collaboration with the MOHAN Foundation and NATCO further solidifies Milaap’s commitment to spreading hope and compassion, ultimately saving lives through their crowdfunding initiatives.