Living kidney donors rates continues to grow
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
9th March 2017
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says on World Kidney Day that
the number of living kidney donors continues to increase, having a
massive impact on the lives of patients and their families.
Organ Donation New Zealand figures show that there were 82 live
kidney donors in 2016, up from 74 the year before. Live donors
accounted for about half of the 172 kidney transplant recipients
"Organ transplantation is a life-saving treatment and for people
with organ failure it's often the only option available," says Dr
"For those with end stage kidney disease they need either a
transplant or dialysis. Although dialysis can be a very effective
treatment it does require a huge amount of a patient's time with
many needing to be connected to a dialysis machine for more than
900 hours a year.
"Increasing the number of kidney transplants is important as we
know that for many recipients it will lead to a much more
independent, active and usually longer life.
"The Government has a comprehensive work programme to increase
organ transplant numbers, through increasing both live and deceased
organ donor rates."
Today marks World Kidney Day and this year the focus is on obesity
as a preventable risk factor for kidney disease.
"We know that obesity is particularly concerning in children as
it is associated with a wide range of health conditions and
increased risk of premature onset of illness," says Dr Coleman.
"In October 2015 the Government launched the Childhood Obesity
Plan which included a range of initiatives to prevent and manage
obesity in children and young people.
"The plan provides targeted interventions for those who are
obese, increased support for those at risk of becoming obese and
broad approaches to make healthier choices easier for all New
Media contact: Angela Kenealy
Notes to Editors
In the past four years the Government provided an additional $8
million to increase support and education for hospital staff,
establish the National Renal Transplant Service, the New Zealand
Kidney Exchange, fund donor liaison co-ordinators, and help
overcome cultural barriers to donation.
The Government has made an ongoing investment of $2 million each
year to continue support for organ donation and renal transplant
The Ministry of Health continues to work with the sector to
finalise the deceased organ donation strategy.
The Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act, brought by MP Chris
Bishop, will come into force by 5 December 2017. The legislation
helps to remove the financial deterrent to becoming a live organ
The Ministry is currently developing systems and processes to meet
the Act's provisions, with the law due to come into effect before
the end of this year.
March 9, 2017