In the African American community the need for organ donors is great! In Mississippi, more than 90% of the people in need of a kidney transplant are African-American.
In addition, many health issues directly impact African Americans which can lead to organ transplantation:
- African-Americans suffer from a higher incidence of hypertension; they have a greater chance of developing kidney failure.
- An African-American with high blood pressure is 17 times more prone to kidney failure than Caucasians.
- Kidney disease due to high blood pressure is often an inherited trait, which can be passed on through the family.
- Sickle cell disease is very common among African-Americans and can lead to kidney disease.
- A kidney transplant takes the patient off dialysis and gives them a better quality of life
An organ transplant is the only hope for a healthy, productive life for someone with organ failure
Are you interested in helping promote awareness of organ donation? You can help MORA raise awareness in minority communities by heading to our Raise Awareness section.