Kidney Diseases

Department of Health written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department has provided to Kidney Research UK's Peer Education Programme.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department has provided Kidney Research UK with £50,000.00 over two years to run the Peer Educator Project within the Pakistani Muslim community in Birmingham. The project’s aim is to raise awareness about the need for stem cell and organ donation.

The peer educator model trains local lay people from the community to talk to their peers about the risks of kidney disease; about behavioural changes in lifestyle that can reduce risk; and about the shortage of kidneys available for transplant. Results of the project can be found at the Kidney Research UK website:

The project was officially launched in June 2014 and I met some of the peer educators in November to discuss their experience of working to increase donor numbers of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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