fordonarimgWhy we are encouraging more donors from the Black Asian Ethnic Minority Community (BAME) to join the organ donor register? The more people from the Black and Asian community that join the organ donor register the more transplants (especially kidney transplants) can be performed for black and Asian people living with kidney disease. Organs are matched by blood group and tissue type and when a donor and recipient are from the same ethnic group they are more likely to be a closer match resulting in a successful transplant.

There is currently a shortage of Black and Asian people joining the organ donor register, additionally due to health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes which is prevalent in the BAME community, black and Asian residents are three times more likely to require an organ transplant and wait several years longer than the rest of the general population.

66% of Black, Asian and some Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities living in the UK refuse to give permission for their loved ones organs to be donated compared to 43% of the rest of the population.

Patients from BAME communities are more likely to need an organ transplant than the rest of the UK as they are more susceptible to illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis, all of which may result in organ failure and the need for a lifesaving transplant.

As a result on average, BAME communities will wait a year longer for a kidney transplant than a White patient. Many may die while waiting for an organ to become available.

66% of Black, Asian and some Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities living in the UK refuse to give permission for their loved ones organs to be donated compared to 43% of the rest of the population.