The National Kidney Registry's donor intake system (DASH) is now available in Spanish. This important advancement will make the donor screening and medical questionnaire available in Spanish and will remove the language barriers for Spanish speaking people who are interested in becoming living kidney donors.
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, 22%, or approximately 20,000, of the total number of people on the national waiting list for a kidney from a deceased donor are Hispanic/Latino.
"The NKR team is working to increase the number of living kidney donors by making the process easier and offering a comprehensive suite of protections for donors through our Donor Shield program," said Michael Lollo, NKR Chief Operating Officer. "As part of that effort, we are thrilled to offer our entire donor intake process in Spanish, which expands access to living kidney donation and enables us to facilitate more transplants."
The NKR also gives potential donors the option to speak to a Spanish-speaking donor mentor through its Donor Connect program. Donor mentors are living kidney donors who can explain the process, answer questions, offer insights, and provide education based on their own kidney donation experience.