The need for more Black, Asian and minority ethnic living organ donors

In the UK, a third of people waiting for a kidney transplant are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The average waiting time for a kidney transplant is around two years. For some ethnic groups and people whom it is difficult to find a suitable match the wait is even longer. Sadly, many will die waiting.

People from Black and Asian communities are at a higher risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis. This makes them more likely to need a transplant.

Kidneys are matched by blood group and tissue type, so for many the best match will come from a donor from the same ethnic background.

While some people from a Black or Asian background go on to donate when they die each year, this is not enough to meet the needs of everyone waiting for a transplant.

You could help improve the chances of Black and Asian people receiving a kidney transplant by volunteering as a living donor.

Visit our organ donation website to find out more about becoming a living donor

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