Nicaragua is considered to be the second poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is currently undergoing demographic change as its population is mostly made up of adolescents and young people. Approximately 50% of children and young people live in poverty and 19% of them live in extreme poverty.
- Total population: 5.8 million
- 48% of the population is under 18 years of age
- Rank in the Human Development Index: 115 of 188
MAGNA concluded all its activities in Nicaragua in 2017.
- Opening of mission in Nicaragua: 2007
- Areas of intervention: Sutiava - Abangasca Norte, Abangasca Central, Abangasca Sur Goyena, Sur, Nueva Vida, Troilo, Los Barzones, Clariza Cardenas, Carlos Canales and Las Parcelas.
- Number of staff in the field: 66
Overview of the Nicaragua Crisis
Chronic malnutrition is twice as high in rural areas as it is in cities and reaches up to 27.2% among children aged 6 to 9 years. Maternal mortality in 2008 was estimated at 100 deaths per 100,000 births. Maternal mortality mainly affects poor women with a low level of education and limited access to quality health services.
How did MAGNA help in Nicaragua?
In January 2017 we completed all our activities in Nicaragua.
Our activities included the distribution of material aid, traumatological operations, psychosocial assistance to people in camps and HIV / AIDS patients. We built and equipped hospitals focused on mother and child health.
- Access to healthcare through a mobile clinic for 8,327 residents and 100,000 outpatient examinations.
- Construction of hundreds of wells and dry toilets.
- Introduction of the PMTCT program to minimize mother-to-child transmission of HIV in remote communities in the Sutiava region.
- Distribution of nutritional therapeutic food to hundreds of malnourished children and treatment of 112 children with acute malnutrition.
- Education on domestic and sexual violence, child psychiatric problems and behavioral disorders.
- Reducing the number of juvenile pregnant girls in the Sutiava area to less than 2%.