The Costa Rican government has launched a study into the causes of chronic kidney disease in the sugarcane producing north, following an investigation by the ICIJ.
Deadly disease is devastating communities in Central America, where it has decimated the ranks of sugarcane workers.
This map of Central America shows the number of kidney disease deaths in 2009, as well as the increase in mortality…
Our analysis of the toll from chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Central America is based on mortality data from the World Health Organization. Our goal was to obtain to a conservative estimate of the epidemic’s impact in the region, despite the lack of formal recognition or classification for the new strain of the disease.
Why does it strike mostly men who mostly work in sugarcane fields? What triggers it? Why are so many people dying? What have wealthier nations and NGOs done to help?
Maudiel Martínez tiene 19 años, una sonrisa tímida, una maraña de rulos negros y un cuerpo delgado y muscular formado en años de trabajo en campos de caña de azúcar. Durante la mayor parte de su adolescencia fue fuerte y saludable; pasaba los días talando con su machete las altas cañas.
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