La Isla Foundation

Our role is to eradicate the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) epidemic that has widowed and orphaned entire communities, and in doing so disrupt unjust economic systems in Nicaragua that impose abusive conditions upon laborers. We will achieve this through investigative research, epidemiology studies, education, and consumer empowerment. We hope for a world eradicated of man-made epidemics where workers are not employed in hazardous circumstances without adequate safety precautions; and where we as consumers empowered by information, hold corporations responsible for exploitative practices, so that human rights and fair trade policies are universally implemented. La Isla Foundation seeks to em...
Dec 4, 2014

Felices Fiestas desde Nicaragua!

Happy Holidays from Nicaragua! The La Isla Foundation staff and volunteers recently celebrated Thanksgiving here and we have our gratitude for your support more in mind now than ever. Sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Without your support, our work would simply not be possible.

Our work to improve the quality of renal care for those affected by Chronic Kidney Disease of Non-Traditional Causes (CKDnT) is a marathon, not a sprint, and we continue to move forward. The planning stage of our Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) program evaluation project is coming to an end and we are excited to be closer to collecting data and carrying out the evaluation. Only with a thorough evaluation of the PD program in Chinandega will our research team be able to develop recommendations for necessary improvements to this life-sustaining treatment.

As we’ve highlighted before, this project is especially important because of its focus on treatment for those who need it right now. In a socio-economic context where transplant is not feasible, dialysis is the only life-sustaining treatment for those in the final stages of CKDnT. Without it, the patients dies.

I spoke recently with the principal investigator of the PD project about the current low survival rates on PD and he reminded me of the most basic value of dialysis. Even in its current state with much room for improvement, he emphasized that every week spent on dialysis is a huge success because for that patient it means another week of life that otherwise would not be afforded to them. This time is invaluable and emphasizes the overwhelming need to improve the PD program. Though not a cure, an improved PD program can be a life-extending solution for the thousands of men affected by CKDnT in Chinandega now.

Coming up on this holiday season, as you spend time with your loved ones, please reflect on and take pride in the fact that your generosity is helping improve the treatment that will allow these families to spend more precious time together.

We can not thank you enough for your continued support of our project.

Sincerely,

The La Isla Foundation Public Health Team

Sep 9, 2014

Improving Care for Those in Need

Photo by: Laffay- La Isla Foundation
Photo by: Laffay- La Isla Foundation

Our work to improve life-extending treatment for those sick with Chronic Kidney Disease of nontraditional causes (CKDnT, formerly CKDu) is moving forward. To improve quality of care for those suffering in CKDnT’s final stages, which are also the final stages of life, we must start evaluating the current peritoneal dialysis care landscape. La Isla Foundation (LIF) is working with our partners at the National University of Nicaragua in Leon (UNAN Leon) and others to do a comprehensive evaluation of what is happening. With those findings we will be able to come up with treatment recommendations to improve treatment and hope to implement those changes in the future.

This project is unique because we are working to improve treatment options for people who are sick with CKDnT right now. Most current research is focused on the long-term goal of prevention, which relies on understanding CKDnT’s exact cause(s).Those research initiatives, although critical, have a much longer timeline and have little impact on those who are currently sick. Conversely, LIF’s project will improve the lives of people who are sick now, like Juan in the photo above.  He is self-administering peritoneal dialysis four times a day, every day. This photo was taken in his home is less than ideal conditions.

The findings of our research will help extend the time that sick fathers and husbands, like Juan, can be with their families.

Although it is a slow process, step-by-step, LIF is helping those who are sick, while we also work to end this epidemic. Most importantly, we could not do this critical work without your support. Thanks again!

Sincerely,

The whole team at La Isla Foundation

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Jun 3, 2014

New Advances with the Fight to End CKDu!

BIG THANKS to all of you who have supported this project! You are part of improving vital healthcare in Nicaragua. And as we mentioned before, without your support we never would have received a huge grant from Baxter International, which is really pushing this project in a huge way!

Right now the Public Health Team is in El Salvador to meet with the Institute of Health and several nephrologists. El Salvador is also affected by the CKDu epidemic, and we're learning from them how they have improved healthcare in their country. We’ll take these lessons back to Nicaragua to ensure better kidney care!

Thanks again!

-La Isla Foundation

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