STORY PREVIEW

2018

Team Superorgan.isms - Paucity of Organ Donation

The Galaxy School -Wadi

Gujarat

MENTOR

Priyanka Lakhwani

STUDENTS

Nishi Patel,

Aaryan Parmar,

Rishi Kamani,

Samruddhi Bhojani ,

Spandan Mehta,

Step 1 FEEL

There were many problems which we came across in our surroundings which we listed and then shortlisted. Many problems like gender discrimination in sports, menstrual pads causing rashes to dogs as well as women, poverty causing racial conflicts and soil erosion was something that we came up with. Moreover, Some other problems that we saw and bothered us was to increase the farmers yield by providing them energy out of renewable resources, however it was too expensive for us. These all problems according to us were very important especially when we came across paucity of organ donation and we were really saddened by knowing the harsh realities of what people go through not only through the lack of organ donation but also the other problems as there was a huge disparity

The problem chosen by our group to work upon was the paucity of organ donation. The problem came about after numerous sessions of brainstorming amongst the group. Our group was mainly inclined towards taking something about disease and health, since some of our members parents were doctors, so we were exposed to several problems they face. After looking at the primary research and some secondary data that we collected from the internet, we finalized this topic because we came to know that the awareness regarding it is severely lacking in our society. This was because of the severe disparity found in organ donation. We sincerely felt that the topic had a lot of scope which needed to be addressed.

The people primarily affected by the problem were the people who have had organ failures in the past or are currently suffering from the problem.These people mainly are those who have had themselves registered on the organ receiver list but are still awaiting a transplant as they have not found a compatible organ/ organ donor just because of the lack of organ donation from people. Their primary concerns were not many but the concerns found were very much significant. These concerns consisted of are they ever going to get a organ despite being on the list and the other one being specific to the receiver regarding the cost of the organ transplant which is majorly applicable to the lower earning income groups. Moreover, when we went to talk to people who weren't ready to donate their organs and asked them why, we came to know that they were majorly influenced by the society and those weird myths and beliefs that were against the donation. Some concerns that they had were the religion and if the religion permit them to donate their organs or not, so by this we came to know what was our major target; breaking those myths and convince them to help save lives.

Step 2 IMAGINE

Making a reading material on organ donation so that it could be inculcated in the curriculum, and can work as a long term solution for influencing most of the students in our school as well as other schools. We also Conducted workshops with different grades. Furthermore, a story on our journey was also published in ‘the times of india’. We Participated and convinced people to join the world record on 13th August which is world organ donation day.Finally, we also Convinced people to take pledges.

- Making a reading material on organ donation so that it could be inculcated in the curriculum so that it acts as a long term solution and all the passing grades will know about it - Conducting workshops to spread increased awareness. - Publishing our story in Times of India and other Gujarati news papers if possible since we would only be able to influence a larger audience if we are able to communicate it efficiently. Gujarat largely consists of most people reading Gujarati newspapers, so it would help us a lot if we could publish it in Gujarati newspapers as well.

Step 3DO

These solutions were all implemented stage wise and not all at once so as to have a sustained impact of our solutions. We started out with making a reading material by combining all the primary and secondary information so it can be integrated in the curriculum of our school as they already study organ systems. Moreover, after getting ourselves some exposure to this, we contacted some major international foundations who are working towards this topic, such as the mohan foundation and that solved several of our questions. We also collaborated with them to spread awareness. To continue the impact forward, as a continuation we went forward with conducting workshops in several grades which enabled us to spread greater awareness and also garner some knowledge of the opinions which people in general have. At the same time, we also had our story about organ donation published in the ‘Times of India’ on our work in the whole Gujarat region which was a clear shot in the arm for our cause as our outreach increased exponentially.

We could successfully spread awareness about this topic, and people came to know that yes,it is a important topic that needs quite a lot of attention.

Quite a lot, because we were able to bring a change in our schools itself, be taking workshops and asking them to go through our self made reading material. Moreover, through the article in the Times of India that we published, we were able to inculcate and impact a huge audience and convince them to donate their organs.

- “It gave me sensitivity to a topic which i have never considered about before, and it also encouraged me to consider donating my organs” -Nicey raiyani, a grade 10 student who attended our workshop in school. - “ before the workshop was conducted, organ donation didn't cross my mind much, i didnt feel like it was anything connected to me or something i should bother myself with, but after i learnt about organ donation and was exposed to the statistics, this group has convinced me to donate most of my organs after i die.” -Meher vora, a grade 7 student who attended our workshop as well.

Some challenges that we encountered while implementing our project was that a few newspapers denied to publish our story, however the Times of India agreed upon doing it which really had a great impact. Secondly, when we were trying to take appointments to talk to many doctors, many of them were not free and couldn't answers our questions properly which led us to not get adequate primary information. However, we tried to contact our relatives who were doctors which helped us out in taking appointments. Also, while taking workshops, it was difficult to keep the audience hooked to it and convince them, since this is a heavy topic and it takes time for the children to understand it thoroughly.

15-30 Days

Good health and well being

Since our project is mainly about encouraging people to donate their organs, and spread increased awareness about it, we have finally helped people out, and helped save lives. We collaborated with many international organisations who further helped us, to achieve our main goal about saving lives, which ultimately resulted into good health and well being.

Step 4 SHARE

For our school we conducted workshops with grade 7 to grade 10 where we invited an expert, Dr Hita Mehta and Mr. Sandeep who talked with students and showed them some videos and shared their experience. Apart from this, we ourselves to workshops in grade 10 as well with the help of our reading material. Moreover, when we visited the Times Of India Office, they really liked what we were doing and they agreed to publish our article in their newspaper. Once we published it, we got good responses from our teachers, grademates, family and relatives.

More than 100

Since we have already prepared our reading material using some primary and secondary information, we planned on giving them to the teachers of our school, who would be further guided on taking classes on this topic so that the young minds can have to ability to think in a different direction and take their own decisions about donating organs. They won't be affected by the myths of the society, hence helping the donors numbers to increase.