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Nicaragua is considered the second poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is currently undergoing demographic change, as its population consists mostly of adolescents and young people. Approximately 50% of its children and youth live in poverty, and 19% of them in extreme poverty.
Total population: 5.8 million
48% of the population is under 18 years of age
MAGNA concluded all its activities in Nicaragua in 2017.
Opening of Nicaragua mission: 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 in cities, and reaches as much as 27.2% among children aged 6 to 9. Maternal mortality in 2008 was estimated at 100 deaths per 100,000 births, mainly affecting poor women with little education and limited access to quality health services.
Why we are in Nicaragua
Access to health care
Our Nicaragua intervention
In January 2017 we completed all our activities in Nicaragua.
Our activities included distribution of material aid, trauma surgery, and psychosocial assistance to people in camps and HIV/AIDS patients. We built and equipped hospitals focused on mother-and-child health.
Access to health care through a mobile clinic for 8,327 residents and 100,000 out-patient examinations.
Construction of hundreds of wells and dry toilets.
Introduction of 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 extreme malnutrition.
Education on domestic and sexual violence, child psychological problems, and behavioural disorders.
Reducing the number of juvenile pregnant girls in the Sutiava area to less than 2%.