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

By | February 6th, 2017|Press|

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 | 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, [...]

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

By | August 16th, 2016|Press|

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 | May 6th, 2016|Press|

Contact: Bennett Kuhn, Director of Communications, La Isla Foundation E-mail: 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 [...]

Press Release Regarding Flor de Caña Boycott

By | December 12th, 2015|Press|

Download this press document in .pdf format. Ingenio San Antonio (ISA) has a controversial track record of poor working conditions, tense worker relations, as well as high rates of Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional causes (CKDnT) among its workforce going back at least two decades.   Part of this history was recently exposed by VICE’s [...]

Nicaraguan police detain Chronic Kidney Disease patients and minors

By | November 19th, 2015|Press|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Contact: Bennett Kuhn (English & Spanish) Media & Communications Specialist, La Isla Foundation Email: Human rights center CENIDH alleges wrongful detention and physical and psychological abuse of detainees More than 30 former sugarcane workers affected by Chronic Kidney Disease of non-traditional causes (CKDu) and their families traveled from Chichigalpa, Nicaragua to Managua [...]

The WE Program – “WE Can End CKDu” Video

By | October 13th, 2015|General, Press|

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 and Solidaridad, WE brings together the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), leading occupational [...]

Costa Rican Decree Targets CKDu Prevention

By | August 16th, 2015|Press|

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 | July 26th, 2015|General, Press|

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 | July 15th, 2015|General, Press|

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 [...]