Gender disparity in organ transplant: Center says to Lok Sabha

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As per the data, over 80 per cent of the total 36,640 organ transplants done from dead and living donors between 1995 and 2021 were performed on men.

In response to a question on the gender disparity in organ transplant in the country, the health ministry in its reply in the Lok Sabha said that the center has taken several measures to address the issues.  

Minister of State for Health S P Singh Baghel in his written reply said that of the total transplants, 29,695 were performed on men and 6,945 on women, which translates to a ratio of about 4:1. However, the share of women receiving transplants increased from

27.6 per cent in 2019 to nearly 30 per cent in 2022.

The answer came in response to a question asked by YSR Congress Party MP Kuruva Gorantla Madhav. Madhav had asked if the government has taken cognisance of the fact that between 1995 and 2021, four out of five organ recipients have been men in the country and what are the steps taken to address the issue.

In his response, Baghel said the government has implemented the National Organ Transplant Programme under which steps have been taken to raise awareness on organ donation. In order to narrow down the trend of gender disparity in organ transplants, the Ministry of Health has been conducting regular awareness and sensitisation sessions, he said.