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

By | July 14th, 2017|Press|

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release For more information contact: Ilana Weiss, Senior Director of Public Health and Policy La Isla Network 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 | 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 | 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, [...]

Striking Similarities. Key Differences?

By | January 10th, 2017|Press, Research|

CKDu Field Investigation | Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia | Tom Laffay | 2017 January Full Text .pdf

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 [...]