CKDu and CENCAM

This webpage is under construction. Meanwhile, visit www.regionalnephropathy.org for information on CENCAM activities, and  the  International workshops on Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN)  2012, 2015 and 2019.

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During the last 20 years Central America has seen a  dramatic increase of chronic kidney disease unexplained by conventional risk factors (CKDu). The disease primarily affects but is not limited to male labourers in the agricultural sector. Similar increases of CKDu has emerged in Sri Lanka, parts of India, and some other countries

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In search of understanding this enigmatic disease and identify etiology and preventive measures a consortium of scientists, CENCAM, was formed in 2012. The mission of CENCAM is to contribute to knowledge generation and to promote and facilitate activities to reduce the occurrence of CKDu – also called Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) – in Central America and Mexico.

The consortium now (May 2019) has 102 members from 21 countries.