Archivos para chronic kidney disease
Chichigalpa Association for Life (ASOCHIVIDA), the most representative organization of persons with chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) of the country, recently ratified its commitment to continue the dialogue process established with Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited (NSEL), a company of Grupo Pellas.
ASOCHIVIDA issued a statement signed by its Board of Directors, rejecting disinformation campaigns and reiterating its strong support towards this dialogue, which aims to seek benefits for its members, while Boston University leads a scientific research to determine the causes of CRI.
“The dialogue process with NSEL has resulted in huge immediate benefits, such as food aid, loans, income-generating projects, various grants, housing, health care and the construction of a clinic specializing in nephrology care is currently underway to provide better quality health care and improve the lives of those affected by CRI”, expresses the statement.
“All parties have expressed a will and commitment to respect the results issued by Boston University in relation to its in-depth scientific study. However, we are aware that a study of this magnitude, without any regional or perhaps worldwide history, will take longer to get expected results,” says ASOCHIVIDA, which called on its members to keep calm and have hope.
ASOCHIVIDA recently received the first 50 houses of a housing project to build a hundred houses for the benefit of its members, which investment totals more than half a million dollars.
This initiative is the result of an agreement between ASOCHIVIDA and NSEL, which has been backed by the Nicaraguan Urban and Rural Housing Institute (INVUR), the Mayor of Chichigalpa, and the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF).
Chichigalpa Association for Life (ASOCHIVIDA), the most representative organization of persons with chronic renal insufficiency (CRI) of the country, said that Fundación La Isla, an NGO that has self-proclaimed itself as defender of CRI patients, is promoting division and confrontation among members of the Association.
“ASOCHIVIDA thanks all the organizations that have the intention to help CRI patients, but it cannot accept the strategies and tactics used by Fundación La Isla”, said a statement issued by ASOCHIVIDA, which also expressed discomfort with respect to the unwanted intrusion of the above-mentioned NGO in the internal affairs of the Association.
In the statement, ASOCHIVIDA refers to some videos produced by Fundación La Isla, which it considers contain a series of falsehoods and facts taken out of context that do not contribute to improve the situation of CRI patients nor recognize the efforts of ASOCHIVIDA with respect to the achievements attained for the benefit of its members, especially through the dialogue held since 2008 with Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited (NSEL), a company belonging to Grupo Pellas.
“The dialogue process with NSEL has resulted in many benefits for the members of ASOCHIVIDA, such as food aid, house construction, microcredit projects, a project to generate income for the organization and several donations.” None of these achievements is reflected in the videos made by Fundación La Isla”, indicates the release.
“The dialogue has also enabled us to choose Boston University and to count on its support as a credible academic institution to investigate the causes of the disease and whose work continues today. We have collaborated with the University and have participated in most of its activities. Our organization does not prevent other institutions from conducting research on the causes of CKD. We regret that Fundación La Isla deliberately omits any mention of these achievements”, it added.
The Office of the Compliance Adviser/Ombudsman of the World Bank (CAO) highlighted the main achievements of the successful dialogue process between Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited, owner of the San Antonio Sugar Mill, and the Chichigalpa Association for Life (ASOCHIVIDA) in a document whereby the parties agreed to end the mediation of the CAO as of June 30 of this year.
The agreement signed by Nicaragua Sugar and ASOCHIVIDA highlighted the efficiency of the results of this dialogue initiated with the mediation of the CAO in March 2008, and the signing of the agreement was witnessed by Mrs. Meg Taylor, Vice-President and CAO of the World Bank Group.
The document underlines the consensus of the parties in respect of the need to look for the causes of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the western region of Nicaragua, as well as their mutual agreement in selecting Boston University School of Public Health for conducting this study and their joint approval of research plans and results to date.
An important aspect highlighted by the agreement is the support given by Nicaragua Sugar since June 2009 to families affected by CKD, totaling more than four million dollars, which the company has provided as part of its social responsibility policies and without any legal obligation.
In food aid alone, Nicaragua Sugar has allocated $2.8 million to benefit 2,211 families and has set up a microcredit fund with a start-up capital of $165,000 dollars for granting loans to the members of ASOCHIVIDA under favorable conditions.
One of the most interesting initiatives is the purchase of a poultry farm by Nicaragua Sugar for $235,000, with the objective of transfering all profits to ASOCHIVIDA, as well as the property title and management of the facility within four years.
Nicaragua Sugar will also develop an entrepreneurship project with the German Development Bank (GDB), which will be led by Nitlapan, an agency specializing in rural and urban development methodologies, which will assist ASOCHIVIDA members in designing business initiatives.
Another major project is the construction of 100 houses with a total cost of $550,000, together with the Urban and Rural Housing Institute (INVUR), the Inter-American Bank of development (IADB), the Colmena Foundation, the Municipal Government of Chichigalpa, the American-Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) and Nicaragua Sugar.
The support provided by this Grupo Pellas company to improve health services in the municipality of Chinandega, allocating approximately $210,000 each year, has had a high impact. In addition, Nicaragua Sugar proposed a project amounting to $320,000 to the Nicaragua Ministry of Health (MINSA), together with the German Development Bank (KfW), to build a new health clinic and improve care for CKD patients, which MINSA accepted and authorized Nicaragua Sugar to directly carry out the design and construction work. With a contribution from Nicaragua Sugar, the municipal government of Chichigalpa purchased the necessary land where MINSA is also planning to build a primary hospital.