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Helping patients with kidney failure in Jamaica

The medical team from Birmingham UK will support healthcare development in Jamaica by sharing skills to carry out kidney transplants, where one member of a family gives a kidney to their relative with kidney failure. The project will result in a sustainable kidney transplant programme for Jamaica.

June 2013 - December 2016

Charity information: Transplant Links

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  • Need


    Lack of specialist medical skills in developing countries where an increasing number of people have kidney failure but not the right treatment for it. Kidney transplants save lives and avoid expensive treatments like kidney dialysis. Countries like Jamaica have the infrastructure and willing doctors, but not the skills. A medical team from Birmingham UK have pledged their own time to travel to Jamaica to rectify this.


    The volunteer doctors and nurses from Birmingham UK will travel to Jamaica to work with the local medical team, and teach them the surgical and other skills to perform kidney transplants. This will eventually mean a sustainable renal transplant programme serving the people of Jamaica. During the project the team from the UK will perform transplants, where one healthy member of a family donates one of their kidneys to their relative with kidney failure, giving them the chance of a normal life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve lives of people with kidney failure in Jamaica


    » Take a team of British doctors to Jamaica to perform kidney transplants for people with kidney failure.

    What success will look like

    Performing kidney transplants in Jamaica, where currently no transplants take place due to lack of local medical skills.

    Aim 2

    Improve the lives of many patients in the future by transferring medical skills to local doctors


    » Work with local doctors to transfer skills and train surgeons, doctors and nurses in managing kidney transplants.

    What success will look like

    A sustainable national kidney transplant service serving the people of Jamaica with kidney failure

  • Impact


    A milestone in healthcare development in Jamaica will be achieved through offering a life-transforming procedure, that also saves the healthcare system money, and means many patients can return to a normal life again. The success will be the patients who have had transplants and are back at work or running their homes, and living normal lives again without the misery of life on a kidney dialysis machine.


    Political support is needed for this radical change in healthcare. To deal with this, the support of the Health Minister of Jamaica has been gained from the outset, and he fully backs the project. The burden of kidney failure in Jamaica is growing as increasing levels of high blood pressure and diabetes mean many more patients are getting kidney failure and needing expensive dialysis. This project offers a real solution, and a cost saving to the healthcare system, as well as saving lives.


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  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £70,000 Medical team flights Flights, travel costs and equipment
      £10,000 Project management Project management of the medical teams
  • Background


    Cornwall District Hospital, Montego Bay, Jamaica


    The population of Jamaica suffering from kidney failure, including children and adults.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Transplant Links has been carrying out this work for 6 years in other countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal, and Trinidad. The medical team who carries out the work are from University Hospital Birmingham, Europe's largest transplant centre. The expertise in the centre is second to none. Birmingham carries out a very high number of transplants per year, and the medical team are willing to give up holiday time for this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Medical Team At Cornwall District Hospital, Jamaica

    The medical team, under the direction of Dr Curtis Yeates, have made the commitment to develop a kidney transplant programme for their patients

    Transplant Surgeons, Nephrologists And Nurses, Birmingham UK

    The renal transplant team have pledged their time to travel to Jamaica and work with local medical staff to transfer skills in kidney transplantation

One sister gave a kidney to save her sister

One sister gave a kidney to save her sister

Now we can look forward to a life without kidney dialysis

Debbi Ann (Gave a kidney to her husband Wayne)