Kidney disease, donation, and transplantation in East Africa

Peter Mpaka AYAMBA


Abstract. The burden of kidney failure remains largely underreported in East Africa. Health systems face numerous challenges including a lack of kidney registries, shortages of trained skilled healthcare workers, a lack of diagnostic support, a lack of equipment, and underdeveloped policies to govern the provision of treatment for kidney failure. Kidney transplantation, an effective treatment option against kidney failure, is underused primarily because of its cost and the lack of laws governing it. In this paper, the author discusses the salient issues affecting kidney donation and transplantation in East Africa.

Keywords. Risk factors, kidney donation, transplantation, compensation to donors, laws, costs, Uganda, East Africa.

JEL. I11, I18.


Risk factors; Kidney donation, Transplantation; Compensation to donors; Laws, Costs; Uganda; East Africa.

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