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The Potential Of Cadaver Transplantation Programme In India

and could spearhead and give momentum to the cadaver transplant programme.
Spain has the highest number of brain death patients going on to organ donation - 32 per million population. If we compare our cadaver donor rate per million population and extrapolate its potential, we can make some interesting conclusion and not only help ourselves but also help with the global organ shortage.
The current organ donation per million for cadaver in India is 0.05 per million (about 50 Cadaver donors per year).
At 1 per million donation rate we would have 1100 organ donors
- Or 2200 kidneys, 1000 hearts, 1100 Livers,1100 Pancreas and 2200 Eyes
- This should take care of almost all current demands for organs.
At 2 per million donation rate there would be 2200 organ donors and the above figures would double and there would be no necessity to undertake living kidney donations. If we did 3 per million, we could take care of all SAARC countries demand for organs
At 5 per million we would have 10,000 kidneys, 5000 hearts and 5000 livers - and we could start looking at the problem of organ shortage in rest of Asia and other parts of the world.

The cadaver programme needs to be given a priority and efforts should be made to encourage hospitals to promote the programme in India, this would result in a win-win situation for everyone including organ failure patients in other countries.

The last ten years have resulted in approx. 1000 cadaver transplants of almost all organs. If not anything else at least the programme has proved two things - one that it is possible to do organise the chain of events that lead to cadaver transplants and second that it is not only kidneys but our hospitals and doctors can do other organ transplants successfully too.

We in India may not be able to compare our economical progress with some of the western countries but countries in second league like Poland and Hungary are to
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