Living kidney donation

More and more people in Switzerland are waiting for a kidney transplant. Due to the relatively low organ donation rate compared to other European countries, there are not enough organs available for transplantation. This leads to a waiting period of several years, which must be bridged with blood washing (dialysis treatment).

Most transplanted kidneys come from deceased donors. However, there is also the option of a living kidney donation. The number of living kidney donations has been rising steadily since the early 1990s. Around 25% of kidneys transplanted each year now come from living donors.

Liver transplant statistics

Number of kidney transplants in Switzerland, broken down by DBD, DCD and living donation as well as number of people who were on the kidney waiting list for at least one day per year (incl. living donation). Multi-organ transplants and people waiting for more than one organ are included. DBD: Donation in brain death, DCD: Donation in brain death after cardiovascular arrest, Source: Annual Report 2020, Swisstransplant (Swiss National Foundation for Organ Donation and Transplantation), April 2021,

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