The Problem

The Problem

If you have ever visited Nicaragua you have seen the problem first hand: children are hungry. Most families do not have sufficient income to provide for the nutritional needs of their family, much less the medical exams and treatment needed to stay healthy.

NUTRITION

The World Food Program (WFP) estimates ”the incidence of poverty [within Nicaragua] is highest among rural populations, where 46 percent live in poverty and 15.1 percent live in extreme poverty. The median income of the poor covers only 24 percent of the cost of the basic food basket.”

The end result is that chronic malnutrition is rampant. In fact, WFP has found that ”one out of three children in the WFP areas of intervention suffers from chronic undernutrition; in regions affected by the coffee crisis, chronic undernutrition affects over 40 percent of children under five.”

MEDICAL

The medical and preventative care needs of these communities are no different. Unicef states “Approximately 40 per cent of the population has no access to health services (75 per cent for the indigenous and Afro-descendant population), with the remaining 60 per cent covered by low-quality services.”