India’s transport ministry has proposed allowing drivers to sign up for organ donation in case they become some of the hundreds of thousands of people who die after being caught up in accidents on the country’s roads.
The South Asian nation has a huge gap in demand and supply of organs. Many people are unwilling to donate relatives’ organs due to religious beliefs, because they don’t understand how it works, or because it is too difficult to do so due to red tape, doctors say.
The road and transport ministry last week proposed the introduction of drivers license forms that allow a person to declare they are willing to donate organs.
But what is behind the move? Here are the numbers.