Building a transplant program that can better serve ESRD patients — especially in underserved or minority communities — is about people first: their relationships and communities. Kidneys in Common will operate according to the idea that, ultimately, the best way to help ESRD patients is to normalize a transparent and safe path for more living kidneys to be donated. By helping to open trusted lines of communication within peoples’ own communities about the needs for a kidney and the availability of kidneys, Kidneys in Common intends to help create those paths. We will do so in ways that honor the individuals and avoid the tendency to monetize organs. Patients will benefit from an independent voice and resource, as will would-be donors.
The difficulty for would-be donors, patients, and their families getting trusted, actionable information is -- like so many other things -- complicated by a strong profit motive within the kidney health industry.