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Turning Point

By |2018-10-04T11:07:34+00:00October 4th, 2018|News, Newsletters|

Turning Point A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO. The summer of 2018 is a turning point in addressing CKDu and the conditions that accelerate it. Photo Credit: Bonsucro / Joe Woodruff In June, the U.S. National Institute of Health’s (NIH) hosted a workshop on CKDu. The two day event helped [...]

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 [...]

In the Hot Zone

By |2017-07-10T22:14:03+00:00April 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+00:00February 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 [...]

Hidden Under the Indian Sun

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