Press Releases

Crisis in Nicaragua

By |2018-06-20T08:33:40+00:00June 20th, 2018|Press Releases|

LIN is deeply concerned with the ongoing social crisis that has resulted in many deaths and injuries in Nicaragua over the last eight weeks. LIN’s roots are in Nicaragua, where the organization was founded in 2008 and continues to work today. Our commitment to Nicaragua sometimes goes beyond our work [...]

Adelante Initiative launched in Nicaragua

By |2017-11-03T05:46:32+00:00September 14th, 2017|Press Releases|

On 3 August, at mill San Antonio in Nicaragua, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between four organisations, La Isla Network, San Antonio mill, the National Committee of Sugarcane Producers of Nicaragua and Bonsucro. The MOU agrees to set up a new initiative – Adelante – which aims to examine and improve work practices within the country’s sugarcane industry and ensure those learnings [...]

Kidney Failure Deaths Move Filmmaker to Raise Research Funds

By |2017-08-24T21:27:14+00:00August 24th, 2017|Press Releases|

Five men, all sugarcane workers and all sick with chronic kidney disease, were lying in hammocks outside the gates of the company in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua, that once employed them. Their friends and families were by their side. The workers did not have access to proper treatment, and they were dying. Read more here... (Republished from Medscape)

Promising Results of First Evaluated Occupational Health Intervention for CKDu—Though Challenges Remain

By |2017-10-31T11:04:55+00:00July 14th, 2017|Press Releases|

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information contact: Ilana Weiss, Senior Director of Public Health and Policy La Isla Network ilana@laislanetwork.org From La Isla Network, July 12, 2017 Results from Year 1 of the Worker Health and Efficiency Program have been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. The results indicate that [...]

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 [...]

Striking Similarities. Key Differences?

By |2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00January 10th, 2017|Press Releases, Research|

CKDu Field Investigation Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia Tom Laffay 2017 January Summary: On January 10 and 11, 2017 I visited communities in the Cauca Valley of Colombia, based out of the department capital city Cali with a driver/fixer to investigate cases of Chronic Kidney Disease of non-Traditional causes (CKDu) (In Colombian Spanish, insuficiencia renal [...]

Stavros Niarchos Foundation awards La Isla Foundation three-year grant to battle chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes

By |2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00August 16th, 2016|Press Releases|

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has committed to supporting La Isla Foundation's (LIF) operations over the next three years. The grant allows LIF to strengthen its work to end chronic kidney disease of undetermined causes (CKDu) worldwide by mobilizing its network of health, climate, industry, and media experts. "Operations funding is essential in liberating the LIF team [...]

Study examines links between climate change and global CKDnT epidemic

By |2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00May 6th, 2016|Press Releases|

Contact: Bennett Kuhn, Director of Communications, La Isla Foundation E-mail: bennett@laislafoundation.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The global epidemic of chronic kidney disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnT) may be driven by climate change, according to a new article in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). The increasing number of extreme heat waves brought [...]

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: bennett@laislafoundation.org   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 [...]

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