Living Kidney Donation
About 50-60 people in Saskatchewan are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. On average, they will wait 2.8 years for a kidney - that's 437 dialysis treatments per person.
Please offer hope by talking to your family about organ and tissue donation.
Kidney transplants may originate from living or deceased donors. About 40-50 per cent of kidney transplants in Saskatchewan are made possible through living donors.
Healthy individuals wishing to donate a kidney must first be tested and screened based on standard criteria. A donor must be a match with a recipient, and this match requires compatibility between blood types and cell proteins.
The Canadian Transplant Registry, maintained by Canadian Blood Services, provides patients from provincial transplantation programs, like the Saskatchewan Transplant Program, with improved opportunities for a kidney transplant through the Kidney Paired Donation registry. This registry facilitates living kidney donations between people with a willing but incompatible donor and another pair of individuals in the same situation.
If you are considering becoming a living kidney donor, you can find more information: