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Nicaragua has a long history of natural disaster, social conflict and revolution. Unfortunately, these events have wreaked havoc on Nicaragua’s economy and health care system. While improvements have been made, more than 42% of the population still lives in poverty.

Urban Dangers

While non-communicable disease is a broad concern, its characterization in the urban setting can be unique. Within the non-communicable disease category, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer are leading causes.

In the urban population, mental illness, neurosis, alcoholism and violence are of particular concern. Leading causes of non-communicable disease deaths in young people aged 10-19 include traffic accidents, suicide, drowning, injuries and leukemia.

Rural Deaths

In poor rural areas and areas with indigenous populations, primary health concerns include neonatal mortality, maternal mortality, and communicable diseases. Mortality in children under 5 is approximately 24/1000 and the maternal death ratio is 100 deaths per 100,000 births. The leading causes are diarrhea, respiratory disease, malnutrition, and meningitis.

More than 42% of the populations still lives in poverty.

Natural Disasters wreak havoc

Nicaragua also has a high risk for natural disaster as it is susceptible to hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding and droughts. Each of these has their own direct and indirect health impacts including, but not exclusively: injury, changes in disease patterns, crop loss, loss of housing.

MTI Experience in Nicaragua

Medical Teams International has provided various types of support, including grant funding and volunteer teams. We have sent volunteer teams to Nicaragua since 1999. In partnership with AMC, a Nicaraguan Christian nonprofit, our volunteers have provided:
  • Emergency medical care to survivors of Hurricane Mitch
  • Dental care for impoverished families and training for dental health promoters
  • OB/GYN and midwifery training to enhance the skills of local midwives
  • Medical services for people without access to care
MTI will continue to collaborate with AMC in the coming years. MTI and AMC are actively exploring new ways to collaborate in order meet the varied and emerging health needs of Nicaraguans.

Partner Profile

Acción Médica Cristiana (AMC) is a Christian grassroots Nicaraguan organization that was founded by a group of socially minded university students in 1984. The organization implements community health and development programs in poor communities in Nicaragua, with an emphasis on women, children and adolescents. The focus of the organization is on preventive and holistic health interventions.

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Our work in Nicaragua supports health childhood and communities.

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