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Toward Equity in Living Donation: Empowering Teams for Change

Pre-emptive kidney transplantation has the advantage of longer patient and graft survival, as well as the avoidance of the risks, complications and lifestyle restrictions associated with dialysis.1 Living donor transplants are more likely to be carried out before the need for dialysis than deceased donor transplants as they are associated with a shorter waiting time.2 However, there are significant age, ethnic, socio-economic, and geographic disparities in the utilisation of living kidney donation in the UK.3

In this webinar, Mr Frank Dor explores some of the disparities experienced by Black and Ethnic Minorities in accessing pre-emptive living donation. He is joined by Dr Dela Idowu and Gillian King from the community organisation GOLD (Gift of Living Donation) as they discuss the organisations Peer Buddy Scheme. This scheme aims to empower Black kidney patients by providing them with information about the process of living donation from people from their own community with similar lived experiences.


1. Isaac K, Umberto M, Knight S.R, Reshma R.M, Pengel L.H.M, Dor. F.J.M.F. Pre-emptive living donor kidney transplantation: A public health justification to change the default. Frontiers in Public Health. Volume 11 (1). 2023. 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1124453

2. NHS Blood & Transplant. Annual Report on Kidney Transplantation 2022/2023. https://nhsbtdbe.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-assets-corp/32738/nhsbt-kidney-transplantation-report-2223.pdf

3. Wu. D.A, Robb M.L, et al. Barriers to living donor kidney transplantation in the United Kingdom: a national observational study, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, Volume 32 (5). 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfx036

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  • Frank J.M.F. Dor

    Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Transplantation

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  • Dr Dela Idowu

    Executive Director and Founder of GOLD

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  • Gillian King

    Community Engagement Manager

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