This website's mission is to educate Hispanic/Latino communities about living kidney donation.People can be living kidney donors by giving one of their two kidneys through transplant surgery to a person whose kidneys have failed. Greater awareness about the risks and benefits of living kidney donation will help patients and families to make more informed treatment decisions. The information provided in this website will empower patients and their families to discuss living kidney donation with each other and with their health care providers.
Many Hispanics and Latinos get kidney failure each year in the U.S. In fact, Hispanics/Latinos are 1.5 times more likely than non-Hispanics to have kidney failure. Kidney transplantation is considered the best treatment for eligible patients as patients generally do better with a transplant than on dialysis. However, since there is an organ shortage, not everyone can get a transplant. In fact, most recent data show that Hispanics/Latinos wait longer than Whites and African Americans to get a kidney transplant. In addition, fewer Hispanics/Latinos, like African Americans, get a kidney transplant compared to Whites. That is why many patients have turned to living kidney donors for help.
Patients who get a kidney transplant from a living donor, on average, live longer and have transplants that last longer. But fewer Hispanics/Latinos get kidney transplants from living donors than do Whites. By being well-informed, Hispanic/Latino patients can a) become better prepared to select treatment options most suited to fit their needs, and b) potential donors can become better prepared to make informed decisions about living donation. Our mission is to educate all Hispanic/Latinos about living kidney donation as a treatment option.
Reference and Publication Information
Kidney Candidates (Patients) on the Waiting List: January 2000 - December 2011. By 'as of' Date provided and Candidate Ethnicity Category Requested (Hispanic, Non-Hispanic White, Non-Hispanic Non-White). Based on OPTN data as of July 6, 2012.
OPTN/Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). 2011 Annual Data Report. Tables 1.3, 1.6, 1.7. URL: http://srtr.transplant.hrsa.gov/annual_reports/2011/Default.aspx
UNOS/OPTN. Based on data as of June 29, 2012.
Last Updated: 7/10/2015