La Isla Foundation (LIF) is an international research and policy NGO working at the intersection of public health and human rights to address a fatal epidemic of chronic kidney disease of non traditional causes (CKDnT) among sugarcane workers in Latin America.

Our foundation is named after the rural sugarcane worker community of La Isla, Nicaragua, where mortality rates from the epidemic of chronic kidney disease are so high that it is now referred to as La Isla de Viudas, or

“THE ISLAND OF WIDOWS.”

By working at the intersection of public health and human rights, we will change the labor practices and policies that contribute to this epidemic.

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Education

American Journal of ...

blue-ajkd-logoThree of La Isla Foundation's (LIF) research partners recently published a comprehensive review of the possible causes of the epidemic Read More...

The Rainy Season

In Nicaragua, August marks the mid-point of el invierno - the rainy season - where almost daily, brief and tropical Read More...

Fundraising

The Coffin And The C...

ismara1_1136When I first met Doña Ismara Granados, all I had been told was that she had a story to tell. We Read More...

Inspiration

Study examines links...

Kevin Alfonso Alas Enriquez, 24, of San Jose Guayabal, used to wrok cutting sugarcane but now works as part of a team that carrys shade tents and water into a sugarcane field outside of Apopa, El Salvador as part of the WE Program, or worker health and efficiency program which aims to study the workersKevin Alfonso Alas Enriquez, 24, used to cut sugarcane but now carries shade tents and water into a sugarcane field as part Read More...

The WE Program - "WE...

The CKDnT epidemic has killed more than 20,000 people in the last decade in Central America. The Worker Health and Efficiency Read More...

Lectures

Senior Legal Directo...

apha_plaqueY-Vonne Hutchinson, La Isla Foundation Senior Director of Law and Human Rights, was impressed by the crowd’s reaction to her Read More...

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Breaking the Cycle: ...

Options for employment in the sugarcane producing communities of Western Nicaragua are few. Much in the same way there are Read More...

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Study examines links...

Kevin Alfonso Alas Enriquez, 24, of San Jose Guayabal, used to wrok cutting sugarcane but now works as part of a team that carrys shade tents and water into a sugarcane field outside of Apopa, El Salvador as part of the WE Program, or worker health and efficiency program which aims to study the workersKevin Alfonso Alas Enriquez, 24, used to cut sugarcane but now carries shade tents and water into a sugarcane field as part Read More...

Press Release Regard...

Download this press document in .pdf format. Ingenio San Antonio (ISA) has a controversial track record of poor working conditions, tense Read More...

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The WE Program - "WE...

The CKDnT epidemic has killed more than 20,000 people in the last decade in Central America. The Worker Health and Efficiency Read More...