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Adelante Initiative launched in Nicaragua

By | 2017-11-03T05:46:32+00:00 September 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+00:00 August 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+00:00 July 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 [...]

In the Hot Zone

By | 2017-07-10T22:14:03+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Videos|

In Sri Lanka’s North Central Province more than 23,500 people have died of Chronic Kidney Disease of undetermined causes (CKDu), earning it the moniker, “the hot zone.” In many communities 15% of the population is affected, mainly farmers working in the sun, using agricultural chemicals. While state funded dialysis centers care for hundreds of patients, [...]

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

By | 2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00 February 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 [...]

Hidden Under the Indian Sun

By | 2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Videos|

Hidden Under the Indian Sun was originally published in The Atlantic (USA) in January. The short film on CKDu affecting communities in Eastern India was produced by independent photojournalists, filmmakers, and La Isla Network collaborators Tom Laffay and Ed Kashi together with Talking Eyes Media. In the vast rice fields of Andhra Pradesh, Southeastern India, [...]

Striking Similarities. Key Differences?

By | 2017-10-10T15:47:14+00:00 January 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+00:00 August 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 [...]