Is CKDu a new phenomenon?
Ramon Uriel Munguia, a 27-year-old former sugarcane worker in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, is sick with CKDu, the same disease that killed his father. Munguia’s dinosaur t-shirt recalls the word ‘extinction,’ a word Chichigalpinos use when describing the generations of men and women who have already succumbed to CKDu.
(Photo: Ed Kashi)
When did CKDu start happening? Why have we not heard about it sooner?
We cannot know what we do not measure.
Those affected by CKDu are generally from the most vulnerable and underserved populations in their countries. Recently, disease surveillance services have improved and our understanding of the drivers of morbidity and mortality among these populations has increased, markedly within the last 20 years.
The DEGREE Initiative is important because it allows us to better understand how these populations are affected, increasing the visibility of their needs.