MULTICULTURAL OUTREACH

  • The need for organ and tissue donation grows more crucial each day, including minority donation.
  • Due to a high incidence of kidney and heart disease caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, genetics and lifestyle choices, African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are disproportionately represented on the transplant waiting list.
  • The multicultural population waits nearly twice as long for their life-saving organ transplant due to the lack of minority donors.
  • There are indications that there are less compatibility complications if both donor and recipient are from the same ethnic group or race.

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates is committed to raising awareness of this public health crisis through participating in outreach efforts throughout the service area. The need is great for ALL donations, as 18 people die each day waiting for a transplant.  In the minority community, it is crucial that individuals understand their ability to help each other through donation.

For more information, or to participate in the KODA Minority Outreach Committee to create awareness in African American or Hispanic/Latino Communities, please contact Crysta McGee, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator at 1-800.581.9511 ext. 6960 or c.mcgee@kodaorgan.org.

MULTICULTURAL STATISTICS

  • Minorities represent over 54% of those waiting for a life-saving organ transplant but only make up 32% of donors.
  • In 2013, there are more than 58,000 minority individuals registered on the U.S. transplant waiting list. Transplantation success rates increase when organs are matched between donors and recipients of similar heritage.
  • Minorities make up 20% of the U.S. population. On average, the multicultural population waits nearly twice as long for their life saving organ transplant due to the lack of minority donors.
  • Many of the health conditions leading to the need for a transplant, such as diabetes and hypertension occur with greater frequency among minority populations.  Currently, more than 48,000 minority individuals are waiting for kidney transplants.  For these patients, the lack of available organs means longer waiting periods on transplant lists, more time spent on dialysis, and sometimes death.
  • Tragically, every 10 minutes another patient is added to the waiting list while 18 people die each day due to the lack of organ donors. The good news is that a single donor can save or improve the lives of more than 50 people.  To register as an organ donor in the state of Kentucky, go to www.donatelifeky.org.