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The National Health Authority (NHA) and the Ministry of Health are actively engaged in the development of an Organ Donation Registry, aimed at introducing structural improvements to the National Organ Tissue Transplantation Organisation (NOTTO).

The NOTTO is responsible for arranging organ transplantation operations throughout the nation. The establishment of this digital registry is anticipated to eradicate intermediaries within the system.

Advancing Organ Transplantation Through Digital Registry and Policy Transformation

  • Currently, the entirety of the organ transplantation procedure is carried out through manual means. The registry endeavors to provide immediate and up-to-date details about both live and deceased donors, as well as recipients, all within a unified platform, in order to enhance the efficiency of service provision.
  • The National Health Authority will transform these policies into a digital framework. This transformation will encompass the complete digitization and transparency of all organ transplantation processes. The availability of recipient and donor records will streamline the process of organ allocation for patients in critical need.
  • The registry will be integrated with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission through the Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHA) program.

National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO)

  • Established within the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO) operates at a national level.
  • It serves as the central entity responsible for overseeing the procurement, allocation, and distribution of organs across the nation.
  • The Transplantation of Human Organs Act was enacted by the Government of India in 1994 to combat organ trafficking and encourage the donation of deceased organs.

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  • Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare of India: Bharati Pawar

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