India 2018: Woman coerced into donating 87%, but receive only 15% of Non-cadaveric Kidney Translants Print E-mail

 Thursday March 08, 2018

Hyderabad: The lopside of kidney donations

Medical fraternity views donation by men in a very regressive manner.

Scroll down to also note that 30% of women suffering End-Stage-Kidney Failure are denied dialysis access


From Left: Ms Sathavathi, Ms Nancharamma, Ms Mamatha a recipient, Ms Rajini, Ms Padma and her daughter Ms Pravalika a recipient, Ms Naga Prabha and Ms Farzana were felicitated on the eve of International Women’s day by hospitals in the city on Wednesday.

Hyderabad: Men do not donate their kidney for a family member in need. Nearly 87 per cent of living donors are women.

Women donate for their children or husband. Women are more self-sacrificing, having been taught to put others before themselves. They are also often cajoled, emotionally blackmailed and pressured by the family to be the donor, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Nephrology.

On the eve of International Women’s Day, women kidney donors were felicitated by hospitals in the city for supporting the family and bailing it out of a crisis. But the fact remains that most of them are pushed into donating a kidney by both the family and also by the medical fraternity.

A senior doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “The medical team which counsels the patient often discards the men as they state that there is higher incidence of kidney disease in men. The other factor is that a man is an earning member, hence, the medical fraternity also looks at it in a very regressive manner.”

This is not the situation only in India. Trends in the United States also show women as the highest kidney donors ­ as high as 90 per cent. Nearly 50 per cent are for spousal donations and 50 per cent are for first degree relatives. Hence medically, too, while counselling, the attitude has to change, he adds.

Senior nephrologist at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr S. B. Raju, says 87 per cent of living donors in India are women, though “now we are seeing men also coming forward in families which are aware of women’s health conditions.” But he admits “the numbers are few.”

Between 2002 and 2006, donations in India by a spouse constituted 17.2 per cent but the percentage has seen a major increase of 34 per cent in spouse and parent donors in India in 2012-14. The jump is high, but there are still more women donors than men. Men are still only between 13 to 15 per cent in first relative donors and spouse donations.

Nephrologist Dr B. K. Raju says that while the disease does not present symptoms early, men still come forward with a complaint while women do not.

Recent data shows that six lakh women die of kidney failure every year worldwide when compared to men.

“This means that the disease is not being paid attention to at the family and medical level.” he said.
 Friday March 9 2018

70 per cent kidney donors are women, reveals PGI study

Chandigarh: Women top the chart of kidney donors, but when it comes to men, they cut a sorry figure.

A study conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) revealed that of the total kidney donors in the country, 70 per cent are women.

The study states that only 15 per cent recipients are women. On World Kidney Day, experts shared a data collated by the PGIMER from 1991 to 2017.

The data was collated by Dr Ashish Sharma, professor and head of the Department of Renal Transplant Surgery. He said the prevalence of renal failure was same in both men and women.

However, women donate organ due to financial dependence on their husbands, he added.

"The data is not region specific. The transplant cases have come to the PGI from across the country and all showed the similar trend. Women come to the rescue of men as they are earning members. All efforts are made to keep them fit. On the other only 15 per cent recipients are women, who received kidney of their husbands," said Dr Sharma.

Prof KL Gupta, head, Department of Nephrology, said various initiatives were being taken to spread awareness about health, especially among women, as they were usually left out on account of various social, economic and lack of adequate access to healthcare services.

One should not forget

  1. * The early chronic kidney disease has no signs or symptoms.
  2. * The Chronic kidney disease usually does not go away.
  3. * The kidney disease can be treated. The earlier a person comes to know about it, the better is his chances of receiving effective treatment.
  4. * Blood and urine tests are used to check the kidney disease.
  5. * Kidney disease can progress to kidney failure.


 Tuesday December 19 2017

Women face ‘dialysis bias’

A study by 128 centres in India found that getting females for dialysis is cumbersome and expensive at the same time.

Studies suggest more than 30 per cent of women are not able to access dialysis centres. (Representational image)

Hyderabad: Studies suggest more than 30 per cent of women are not able to access dialysis centres or get chronic kidney stage identified due to financial constrains and sheer negligence by families.

A study by 128 centres in India found that getting females for dialysis is cumbersome and expensive at the same time.

The financial bias in rural areas is 26 per cent, semi-urban areas 29 per cent and urban areas 33 per cent.

Despite having the best centres within and around the city, women are not given a chance to get the treatment done.

Despite many centres under Aarogyasri in government sector, 26 per cent of women were found deprived of the treatment in both the Telugu states.

Vikram Vuppala, who carried out the survey said, “Statistics and interviews show that the basic mentality of providing care to women is missing. This shows that when it comes to healthcare, treatment for women within the structure of the family is not a priority.”