Behind Haiti, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, Honduras ranks among the poorest countries in Latin America and the Caribbean with an estimated 60% of its population living in poverty. 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.
Unfortunately, the geographic location of the country 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. Over 50% of the Honduran population lives below the national poverty line with 35% of the population living on less than $2 per day. 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.
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, the total fertility rate is 3.3, maternal mortality stands at 108/100,000 live births, infant mortality at 23/1000, and under-five mortality (
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:
- Provided health and medical services to more than 30,000 people through Proyecto Aldea Global's Community Health program.
- Conducted an EMS "Train the Trainers" program in partnership with the Red Cross.
- Shipped 82 containers of humanitarian aid.
- Helped 90,632 Hondurans reduce their vulnerability of contracting HIV and AIDS through Proyecto Aldea Global's HIV and AIDS prevention and education project.
- Provided dental care for approximately 20,000 children in rural Honduran villages in partnership with Cadena de Amor.