To spread the message and create awareness on the importance of organ donation, Mumbai Kidney Foundation in association with Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt Ltd is organising a walkathon on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 as part of Organ Donation Week. Around 500 students will participate in this unique initiative along with some kidney patients. The 2 km walkathon will start from Nagindas Khandwala College in Malad and ends at the College.
The dignitaries to be present at the event will include Dr. Umesh Khanna – Chairman of Mumbai Kidney Foundation, Shyam Sunder Singh – MD & CEO of Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. and famous bollywood celebrity, comedian Johny Lever.
Every year 500,000 people die because of non-availability of organs, 200,000 people die due to liver disease, and 50,000 people die because of heart disease. Around 10 lakh Indians are suffering from corneal blindness and are awaiting corneal transplantation.
As regards kidneys, about 1,50,000 people are diagnosed with kidney failure in India every year, for whom the only way out is an organ transplant, but only 5,000 of these people are able to get kidneys for transplantation. “It is paradoxical that a country like ours with a billion plus population is having shortage of organs for transplantation”, said Dr Umesh Khanna.
“This Walkathon is a small initiative planned on the occasion of Organ Donation Week for creating awareness about organ donation & to motivate people to pledge for organ donation in order to help those in need of organs for transplantation”, said Shyam Sunder Singh.
Mumbai Kidney Foundation is an initiative endeavouring to brighten the lives of chronic kidney disease patients. While, Septalyst Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. is a Mumbai based super-speciality pharmaceutical company focusing on Nephro, Neuro & Critical care products & therapy. Both MKF & Septalyst, very strongly support the organ donation campaign.