As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease

By Sasha Chavkin

World Bank approved $15M loan to Nicaraguan sugar plantation, even as industry is ravaged by disease.

Costa Rica to study kidney disease afflicting sugarcane workers

By Sasha Chavkin

In Costa Rica, health officials and one company step up against a disease that's claimed thousands of lives in Central America

Methodology

A note of the data and analysis for 'Island of the Widows'

SLIDESHOW: A legacy of neglect

See the families afflicted by a mysterious kidney disease that has killed 2,800 men in an isolated region of Central America

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Miles de trabajadores de caña de azúcar mueren ante escasez de acción oficial

About this project

A look at the reporting process behind 'Island of the Widows'

Writers and editors

Sasha Chavkin

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists