Why Is Kidney Disease on the Rise in Peru?

Mary Pacherres has been on dialysis for eight years to treat her chronic kidney disease, which is impacting rural communities throughout Peru. Both of her brothers died from the same disease. While the exact causes are still unknown, researchers speculate that heat stress and dehydration are the main culprits along with exposure to agricultural chemicals, unsafe working conditions, and the effects of climate change. Health workers are in the process of conducting voluntary screenings throughout the country in an effort to treat patients before the illness becomes terminal. This short film by Ed Kashi and Tom Laffay tells Mary's story.

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Why Is Kidney Disease on the Rise in Peru?

Mary Pacherres has been on dialysis for eight years to treat her chronic kidney disease, which is impacting rural communities throughout Peru. Both of her brothers died from the same disease. While the exact causes are still unknown, researchers speculate that heat stress and dehydration are the main culprits along with exposure to agricultural chemicals, unsafe working conditions, and the effects of climate change. Health workers are in the process of conducting voluntary screenings throughout the country in an effort to treat patients before the illness becomes terminal. This short film by Ed Kashi and Tom Laffay tells Mary's story.

Instagram: @Edkashi
Twitter: @edkashi

Instagram: @t_laffay
Twitter: @tlaffay

talkingeyesmedia.org
Instagram: @talkingeyesmedia
Twitter: @talking_eyes

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.