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Scope, Impact and Results of the WE Program’s Water Rest and Shade Intervention Study

By |2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00February 6th, 2017|Press Releases|

February 1st, 2017 (Updated February 10th, 2017 to include language that makes it emphatic that we believe A. Water, Rest and Shade (WRS) is a basic human right B. Regardless of CKDu WRS programs should be scaled up, though they should be rigorously monitored for effectiveness) To: All Interested Sugarcane Stakeholders From: The Worker Health and [...]

The WE Program – “WE Can End CKDu” Video

By |2018-03-01T08:45:25+00:00October 13th, 2015|General, Press Releases|

The CKDu epidemic has killed more than 20,000 people in the last decade in Central America. The Worker Health and Efficiency (WE) Program is a new collaborative initiative aimed at preventing this disease among agricultural workers. Led by La Isla Foundation, WE brings together the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), leading occupational [...]

Costa Rican Decree Targets CKDu Prevention

By |2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00August 16th, 2015|Press Releases|

Media Contact: Bennett Kuhn Title: Media & Communications Specialist Phone: +1 (631) 241-4685 Email:   C.R. president orders implementation of worker protections in agricultural industries in response to CKDu research. Aug. 6, 2015 - The Costa Rican government ordered regulations via presidential decree last week to protect workers from heat stress and dehydration with the [...]

Study finds dehydration and heat stress drive CKDu onset

By |2018-03-01T08:28:39+00:00July 26th, 2015|General, Press Releases|

Public health journal Environmental Research last week published study results from a groundbreaking epidemiological investigation into the causes of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDu) in Central America. This disease, also known as Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN), has killed over 20,000 people, most of them sugarcane workers. The study, which took place at Salvadoran sugar mill El [...]

Breaking the Cycle: Alternative Education Initiative Launched In Chichigalpa

By |2018-03-01T08:29:26+00:00July 15th, 2015|General, Press Releases|

Options for employment in the sugarcane producing communities of Western Nicaragua are few. Much in the same way there are coal towns and oil towns in the United States, there are sugar towns in Nicaragua. In these places, poverty is the norm, and resources are lacking, especially in education. Western Nicaragua currently faces the highest [...]

A Childhood Cut Short

By |2017-01-23T20:28:43+00:00November 25th, 2014|Personal Story|

Volunteering in the Community Development Department these past two months has brought to life the struggles that several sugarcane working communities in Nicaragua are facing every day. Working hands-on with community members that have been directly impacted by the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDu) has really made this public health and human [...]

New Video Shows Well Construction in El Triunfo, Nicaragua

By |2017-10-10T15:47:15+00:00November 18th, 2014|General, Press Releases|

With the rise of industrial sugar production, comes the intensive use of pesticides, fungicides, and other agrochemicals in sugarcane cultivation. In Chichigalpa, many believe that the local drinking water is contaminated. Recent research demonstrates that chronic dehydration is among the primary drivers of the CKDu epidemic. Damage to the kidneys is likely to be exacerbated [...]

Making a Home in León

By |2017-10-10T15:47:15+00:00July 7th, 2014|Personal Story|

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Civil Society Organizations Unite in Support of Nicaraguan Sugarcane Workers

By |2017-10-10T15:47:16+00:00March 13th, 2014|Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bennett Kuhn (English & Spanish); Media & Communications Specialist, La Isla Foundation E-mail: In response to police violence in Chichigalpa in January, La Isla Foundation today published a joint civil society statement signed by 14 local, regional and international organizations asking for justice from the Nicaraguan government. The declaration calls upon [...]

Two New Reports on CKD Epidemic in Central America

By |2018-03-01T08:30:26+00:00February 13th, 2014|Press Releases|

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) and Scientific American yesterday independently published two overviews of the most current scientific research on the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) epidemic in Central America. Sasha Chavkin, a member of CPI’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, has been investigating CKD epidemics in Central America, India, and Sri Lanka for over [...]