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La Isla Network is dedicated to ending chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes (CKDu) among workers and their communities worldwide.


CKDu Defined

Chronic Kidney Disease of undetermined causes (CKDu) is a fatal progressive loss of kidney function that has killed more than 40,000 people in Mesoamerica and Sri Lanka alone in the last 10 years. Treatment is out of reach for most ensuring an early death for those affected. CKDu is likely affecting millions throughout the tropics and beyond. We need your help to understand, prevent and treat this disease.

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Click on the images below to learn about some of the regions effected by CKDu.

La Isla Network

CKDu is a global challenge affecting the most vulnerable populations. Our network of researchers, communicators and investigators is committed to addressing it.

Together we are generating, supporting, and executing evidence-driven solutions to end the fatal CKDu epidemic by understanding the scale and impact of the disease and its causes. In the process, we are improving working conditions and supporting the creation and enforcement of policies required to protect those affected.

We are achieving this via the following:


Scope & Scale of Epidemic

We are identifying those who are affected via worldwide CKDu prevalence studies.

We are also building a map of affected regions to better understand the populations that are impacted.

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Intervention Studies & Improving Work Practices

We are working with agricultural industries to improve work practices and protect health...

…While also maintaining efficiency through programs and initiatives such as the WE Program and the Adelante Initiative.

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Understanding the Cause & Looking for Treatment

We are researching the underlying causes of CKDu through clinical trials.

We are conducting research studies with leading institutions, managing clinical trials and raising funds for research initiatives.

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Telling the Story

We are engaging and educating the public and lead supply chain personnel about the epidemic of CKDu.

While pushing for data-driven policy on the public and private level, we expressively convey the stories of those affected via award-winning content and leading journalism.

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