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United Health Foundation Gives $500,000 To United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) To Help Expand Kidney Paired Donation Matching Service

United Health Foundation has given $500,000 to United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) to integrate UNOS’s kidney paired donation (KPD) matching service into the national transplant system’s technology infrastructure.

One of the fastest-growing areas of transplantation is living donation, in which transplant candidates obtain the organ (often a kidney) they need from a healthy, living donor. Until recently, no transplant could take place if a patient was incompatible with his or her living donor.

Today, KPD enables willing but incompatible donors to help their intended recipients obtain transplants. KPD matches one incompatible donor/recipient pair to another pair with a similar incompatibility, so that the donor of the first pair gives to the recipient of the second, and vice versa. The two pairs exchange kidneys, resulting in two transplants that could not have otherwise taken place.

The funding from United Health Foundation will help UNOS automate current features of KPD matching that are now performed on a manual and scheduled basis, thus making KPD matching services more readily available to all kidney programs and their patients over the next year. United Health Foundation is being joined by Pfizer, the Amgen Foundation and Genentech in funding this innovative and much-needed resource.

By expanding the KPD matching service, UNOS aims to provide every U.S. kidney transplant program universal access to a larger pool of candidates and donors in order to facilitate more life-changing kidney transplants. The impact of paired donation on the transplant field is unprecedented. According to UNOS, it is estimated that, once fully operational, hundreds more transplants will take place. In addition, it is expected to reduce waiting times for organs and lead to better outcomes, as candidates who receive kidneys from living donors live longer, on average, than people who receive kidneys from deceased donors.

“We are very grateful for United Health Foundation’s support,” said UNOS Vice President/President-Elect Kenneth Andreoni, M.D., who has spearheaded development of UNOS’ KPD services. “It will help us in key areas such as software programming, training and educational resources for KPD users, transplant candidates and prospective donors. This gift helps us focus our efforts on providing more transplant opportunities for all transplant candidates with potential living donors.”

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