Behind The Scenes of India's First Ever Organ Donation Mobile App

Posted on 4 September, 2015 by Team Wishberry

The E-Donor Card app is this unique mobile application that enables its users to get access to a donor card in order to donate their organs and tissues after death. The app is launched by Multi Organ Harvesting Aid Network (MOHAN) Foundation, a non-governmental organization that has been promoting and supporting organ donation and transplantation, in India since 1997. They have developed three mobile apps, so far. And are among of the firsts to develop a mobile app to promote deceased organ donation and aid transplant coordinators in transplantation. We had a word with Dr. Sunil Shroff the managing trustee of the organisation about the app, donation and more. See what we’re talking about HERE! Screen-Shot-2015-07-30-at-2.45.47-pm  

We love the idea behind your app! Tell us about when the process of building this app began? What was the most challenging part of putting the app together?

Sunil: As a part of our regular quest in utilizing IT applications, we have started developing mobile applications to connect with the society and spreading awareness on organ donation. All the applications developed are provided at no cost to the user. In fact, MOHAN Foundation is the first organization to develop such innovative applications in the field of deceased organ donation in India. The app also aims to improve the knowledge of health care professionals, provide a platform for the people to connect and discuss about organ donation and transplantation. When the team conducted a study in Chennai and Hyderabad, we found that more than 90% of individuals in the age group of 16-40 preferred having an app for donation. Hence, E-Donor Card app was developed.  

Organ donation is a tricky territory, plus there’s the general scepticism surrounding mobile apps. How are you overcoming this stigma to ensure more and more people are using this app?

Sunil: E-Donor Card App equips interested people to connect with us, wherein they also access facts and information on deceased organ donation. Also, we only promote deceased organ donation i.e. ask people to donate organs after their death. This app is a medium to connect with genuine source for information.  

An app like this deserves to be everywhere! How do you plan to take it to the next level? 

Sunil: We are working on making our applications dynamic. We have been trying different methods wherein the information on organ donation is made available at all times, to create a "feel good" factor about organ donation.  

Giving the common man an app that’ll actually help them save someone’s life. How does it make your team feel?

Sunil: We have had two donors, one of the donors that has donated her whole body that had our donor card (print copy) and one of the donor had registered with us online through our web donor registry. It definitely makes one elated when their efforts bring in results. We are still in the process of making our mobile applications better such they reach a majority of population. 1549-Dev-Samaj-College-for-Women-Chandigarh2

One reason why people must use this app?

Sunil: People should take pride in downloading this app and request/share it with their family and friends, most importantly, to support organ donation. We strongly feel that information/knowledge/awareness on deceased organ donation is a solution to save many lives and a long-term solution against organ trade/commerce.

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