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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 [...]

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 [...]

Fundación Isla (La Isla Foundation) reporta detalles del uso de mano de obra infantil en los campos de caña de azúcar en Nicaragua

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

PARA SU DIVULGACIÓN INMEDIATA Correo electrónico de contacto: legal@laislafoundation.org Fundación Isla (La Isla Foundation, LIF por sus siglas en inglés) publicó hoy un reporte que examina el uso de mano de obra infantil en el Ingenio San Antonio (ISA), la mayor empresa de producción y plantación de azúcar en Nicaragua. El informe, llamado “Ciclo de [...]

Mayor apoyo para el carácter ocupacional de la ERCnT e intervenciones necesarias

By |2017-10-10T15:47:15+00:00February 10th, 2015|General, Press Releases|

Investigadores de la Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Boston publicaron en enero de 2015 un artículo en la Revista Internacional de Salud Ocupacional y Ambiental (una revista científica arbitrada) que concluye que “uno o más factores de riesgos de la ERC son ocupacionales. Este hallazgo es especialmente significativo porque antes de esta [...]

Further Support for Occupational Nature of CKDu and Needed Interventions

By |2017-10-10T15:47:15+00:00February 10th, 2015|General, Press Releases|

Researchers at Boston University’s School of Public Health published in January 2015 an article in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (a peer-reviewed scientific journal) concluding that “one or more risk factors of CKD are occupational.” This finding is significant because prior to this publication, Boston University (BU)’s reports had been inconclusive regarding [...]

Ex trabajadores afectados por ERCnT marchan a Managua

By |2017-01-23T20:22:37+00:00December 1st, 2014|General, Press Releases|

Contacto: Tom Laffay (Español/Ingles); Productor de Medios y Gerente de Comunicaciones, Fundación Isla Correo: news@laislafoundation.org   Un grupo de ex trabajadores de la caña de azúcar que sufren la Enfermedad Renal Crónica de causas no tradicionales (ERCnT) comenzó hoy a marchar a pie desde la ciudad Nicaragüense de Chichigalpa a Managua, separadas por una distancia de [...]

CKDu-Affected Ex-Workers March to Managua

By |2017-01-23T20:23:27+00:00December 1st, 2014|General, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Laffay (English/Spanish); Media Producer and Communications Manager, La Isla Foundation E-mail: news@laislafoundation.org   Ex-sugarcane workers suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDu) today began a march on foot from the Nicaraguan city of Chichigalpa en route to Managua, a distance of 125 kilometers (over 77 miles). Known as ASNAAPIRC (The [...]

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 [...]

Fundación Isla publica un estudio sobre abusos de derechos humanos en los campos de caña de azúcar en Nicaragua

By |2017-10-10T15:47:15+00:00November 6th, 2014|General, Press Releases|

En el día de hoy, Fundación Isla (LIF, La Isla Foundation en inglés) publica un informe que examina las violaciones de derechos humanos sufridas por los trabajadores de caña de azúcar del Ingenio San Antonio (ISA), la mayor plantación de caña de azúcar y planta de producción en la región occidental de Nicaragua. El informe, [...]

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