The Kidney Gap
101,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney in America.
About twice that number would benefit from a transplant.
Only about 17,000 transplants will be performed in 2016.
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 15,000 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