Most patients with renal failure consider kidney transplant to be the best treatment option and research evidence (add link to information page) supports this view.
People from within the Asian community are three to four times more likely than the general population to require an organ transplant, but unfortunately due to the negative beliefs and misinterpretation, there is scarcity of organ donors from within the Asian community. Transplants are more successful if the donors originate from the same ethnic group.
Local evidence from within the Renal Transplant Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary indicates that between 2005-2010 15.1% people who received a kidney transplant were from an Asian background. However, during the same period there were only 1.7% of donors that came forward from Asian community compared to 96.2% of donors from white communities. Currently there are 16.9% of people on the waiting list at Manchester waiting for a kidney transplant from an Asian background, so the demand for Asian donor kidneys is high.
We hope to develop interventions that will help educate and inform people within the South Asian community of the benefits of kidney donation, and encourage people to join the donor register, in addition to discussing with their families the need to be a kidney donor. We have provided information throughout this website so please take the time to read it. We have also designed a discussion forum so you can post questions that would like answering or comments regarding the research, including ideas or events and groups within your community that we could come to speak to, or provide additional information for. If you are willing to join the register please click the link.