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The National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Board of Directors
announced today a comprehensive action plan to address the urgent need to
increase the number of organs available for transplantation in the
The END THE WAIT! initiative is a virtual call-to-arms designed to put in place tested and proven actions relating to education, financial and medical practice. In collaboration with other major organizations in the kidney care and transplant communities, the NKF will lead this initiative that will begin immediately and end the wait for kidney transplants within 10 years.
Rather than seek small changes or single-issue amendments to existing laws, the foundation plans to work with Congress to craft legislation that will address all the barriers to donation. The END THE WAIT! initiative will complement, not amend, the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) that bans the sale of organs and the Uniform Anatomical Gift Acts (UAGA) that enables potential donors to legally indicate their wishes on their driver’s licenses.
“The national transplant waiting list hit 100,000 this year for the first time,” says John Davis, NKF CEO, “Most of the people on this list will wait too long for an organ and too many will die while waiting. We’ve decided to meet this core challenge head on and lead a broad-based initiative that will eliminate barriers to donation, institute best practices across the country, cover the cost of donation and increase the pool of living and deceased donors.”
“Instead of debating the merits of untested strategies that
may or may not motivate people to donate, we’re unveiling a national plan that
combines the ‘best of the best’ tactics that have worked in some regions of the
country to increase donation. We are committed to making the disincentives to
donation go away,” continues
The END THE WAIT! recommendations focus on four key areas, including:
This initiative was developed in consultation with national experts in the field and NKF’s constituents, including kidney patients, potential donors, living donors and family members of deceased donors.
According to Tom Falsey, who donated a kidney to a stranger
in need, “I have seen what the miracle of transplantation can mean. My
teenage recipient no longer needs to be hooked up to a dialysis machine three
days a week. His mother can once again see his freckles that were
invisible during his illness. That is all the reward I need. But I also feel that you shouldn’t have to
take money out of your pocket to save someone else’s life. I live in
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is the major voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.
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