Direct Donation

Direct donation is the original form of kidney donation in which the donor knows the recipient and donates directly to them.

This is generally the best option when the donor is a six-antigen matched sibling, otherwise, better donor-recipient matches can be found by participating in the Voucher Program or by participating in a National Kidney Registry (NKR) swap.

A better match usually means the transplanted kidney will last longer and the recipient will require less immunosuppressive medication.