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Behind Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, Honduras ranks among the poorest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with an estimated 58% of its population living in poverty and 36% living in extreme poverty. It is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and has the world's highest murder rate.

Poverty is more pronounced in rural areas, although continued rural-urban migration is creating urban poverty belts. The country has an unequal distribution of income, as well as high under-employment.

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Below the poverty line

Poverty, social and economic inequalities and high levels of insecurity in the country present significant challenges to improving the health status of Hondurans, particularly the most vulnerable: women, newborns, children under five, and those at most risk of contracting HIV.

Deadly rates

Fertility, maternal and infant mortality, and malnutrition rates are high by developed country standards, and rural/urban and socioeconomic differentials in these rates mask serious deficiencies. According to the most recent country data from Honduras, maternal mortality stands at 100/100,000 live births & infant mortality at 19/1,000.

Contributing to these rates is a dangerously high rate of infectious diseases. The top food- and water-borne diseases are bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever, and dengue fever and malaria follow as the top vector-borne diseases.

58% of Hondurans live below the poverty line.

Vulnerable to disaster

This country's geographic location makes it particularly vulnerable to natural disasters like hurricanes, droughts and floods. Several devastating disasters over the years have drained the Honduran economy and continue to prevent the government from offering adequate health services to the entire population.

MTI Experience in Honduras

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch ravaged Honduras, creating a tremendous need for international assistance. Medical Teams International responded quickly and worked in partnership with Cadena de Amor to aid the hurricane victims. Since that time, we have worked to meet the ongoing development needs in Honduras through partnerships with local Honduran agencies including the following:

  • Providing health and medical services to 30,000+ people through Proyecto Aldea Global's Community Health program.
  • Providing specialty training teams to help local clinics build capacity & expertise through Asociación del Buen Pastor.
  • Conducted an EMS "Train the Trainers" program in partnership with the Red Cross.
  • Shipped 80+ containers of humanitarian aid.
  • Helping 90,000+ Hondurans reduce their vulnerability of contracting HIV and AIDS through Proyecto Aldea Global's HIV and AIDS prevention and education project.
  • Providing dental care for 20,000+ children in rural Honduran villages in partnership with Cadena de Amor.


  • Asociación el Buen Pastor
  • Cadena de Amor
  • Proyecto Aldea Global
  • AMC
  • Comisión de Acción Social Menonita

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