Why Don’t More African Americans Become Organ Donors?

February 7, 2017

(BBC) – In 2016, African Americans accounted for 30% of the overall organ donation waiting list, and 33% of the kidney list, despite being only 13% of the US population. A black organ recipient doesn’t have to have a black donor. But they would be more likely to have a successful match – based on certain genetic markers and antibodies – if more black donors were available. The percentage of black Americans who donate organs has risen since 1988, but there is still an outsized need.