Health in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere after Haiti. It is still striving to overcome the effects of dictatorship, civil war and natural disasters. Like much of Latin America, extreme inequality exists.
46.2% of the population are currently forced to live below the poverty line. And of those who live in rural areas, almost 70% live below the poverty line.
Health Poverty Action has been present in Nicaragua since 1993. We currently focus on the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN; formerly known as the North Atlantic Autonomous Region) in the north-east of the country. The region is home to a large indigenous population that has historically been marginalised by the central government.
As such, this region has the worst reproductive, maternal, and newborn health indicators nationally. 34.6 % of women use no contraception. Disempowerment and violence contribute to 31.3% of women having at least one child by age 19. 11% of children under 5 are chronically malnourished. And vaccine uptake is the lowest in the country.
We are working together with local communities in the RACCN to support them in their struggle to overcome some of these major health issues.
On the ground
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