Current Affairs


  • India’s still nascent organ transplant programme is progressing, and it’s not just things like life-saving traffic green corridors that are smoothening out wrinkles.
  • Efforts to increase the knowledge base are taking off and crucial policy decisions are taking shape, triggered by recent events in organ transplants.
  • Officials of the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (NOTTO), National Informatics Centre (NIC) and other stakeholders will meet to draw a road map for documenting patient progress, networking transplant hospitals of India and also figure out the official policy to treat out-of-turn requests for organs.
  • It’s not enough to have a database of donor pledges. A critical new initiative plans to map post-transplant survival rate of patients.
  • The NIC is developing a national registry of organ and tissue donors. The registry will help in maintaining data and surveillance. It will also be used for academic research and to study outcome.
  • Recently officials, allowed a brain-dead man’s kidney to be donated to his brother, who had been on dialysis for two years and was at number 162 in Mumbai’s waiting list for kidneys to jump the queue.
  • There are concerns ranging from maintaining donor confidentiality to ensuring that it is an inclusive exercise.
  • There are only 200-300 licensed hospitals to harvest organs and do transplants.