The Kidney Gap
More than 88,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney in America.
About twice that number would benefit from a transplant.
About 25,000 transplants were performed in 2022.
MINORITIES SUFFER DISPROPORTIONATELY
Fourteen people of color die every day waiting for a kidney transplant
63% of the kidney waiting list is an ethnic minority
African-Americans are represented at 2.6 times their rate in the US population
THE PROBLEM IS GETTING WORSE
According to researchers, the percentage of American adults aged 30 or older who have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is projected to increase from 13.2% currently, to 14.4% in 2020 to 16.7% in 2030.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM?
The National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. (NOTA)
Congressional overreaction to to Virginia company proposing to sell organs
It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any human organ for valuable consideration for use in human transplantation…
N.O.T.A. DOES NOT
STOP THE BLACK MARKET
World Health Organization estimates 10,000 kidneys are illegally trafficked annually worldwide.
Only one prosecution under N.O.T.A. in the U.S.A.
Many hospitals suspect under the table transactions