Through our in-country partners, we provide critical support and supplies for a number of health care providers in underserved communities. We also equip doctors and dentists participating in medical outreach teams that travel to isolated regions, bringing free care to people who would otherwise not have an opportunity for medical help. See images of our work in Nicaragua
Snapshot of Nicaragua:
After enduring many years of dictatorship and civil wars, Nicaragua remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere (behind only Haiti), with 65% of all workers earning a living in the informal sector. The country is also located in a region at high risk for earthquakes and hurricanes. Critical health issues:
- High rates of maternal and child mortality result from treatable illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrheal disease.
- Rising rate of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney disease.
- Over 20% of the population is undernourished and 20% of children under 5 are chronically malnourished.
Since 1986, AmeriCares has delivered more than $470 million in aid to Nicaragua. We have worked with the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) since 2010 to distribute over $52 million critically needed medicines, medical supplies and nutritional supplements to institutions that serve the country’s most marginalized populations.
In addition to distribution of critical assistance, the ANF has worked to administer six programs that are focused on achieving specific targets in the Millennium Development Goals: improvements in economic opportunity; nutrition, education, access to safe drinking water, healthcare and community development.
In 2014, ANF, our partner in country, as part of our Global Pre-positioning Initiative deployed its pre-positioned supplies in response to the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck just outside the capital.
In 2011, major flooding affected thousands of people limiting access to basic healthcare. AmeriCares responded with emergency shipments and followed up with deliveries of medical and humanitarian aid.
In 2007 Hurricane Felix hit Nicaragua, causing extreme flooding and contaminating water supplies that ultimately affected more than 50,000 people and killed over 100. Within 2 days, an AmeriCares emergency response team accompanied an airlift carrying bottles of safe drinking water, vital medicines and disaster relief to help survivors.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Nicaragua to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Nicaragua
A surgical team from New Orleans Medical Mission Services (NOMMS) traveled to Nicaragua, performing more than 30 successful surgeries with the support of AmeriCares and corporate donor, Cardinal Health.
Stamford, Conn. - August 23, 2012 - AmeriCares, a global health and humanitarian aid organization, is partnering with Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc. to improve the quality of life for children suffering from chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua, where the illness has reached epidemic levels in parts of the country.
AmeriCares has mounted a large-scale response to crisis-level flooding caused in Central America with three air shipments of $6.5 million in medical aid and food support to help alleviate human suffering in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
Amid rising concerns about outbreaks of water borne diseases and food shortages as a result of crisis-level flooding in Central America, AmeriCares is responding with targeted shipments of medical aid and nutritional supplements to help survivors in Nicaragua, El Salavador, Guatemala and Honduras.
In response to Hurricane Ida, AmeriCares has launched emergency relief efforts in El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Mexico and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Read more.
Nearly half of all children in Latin America live in poverty. Six year old Alison is one of them. Alison lives with five siblings and her mother in Managua, in a slum neighborhood in Nicaragua. AmeriCares worker Hector Emmanuelli met her on one of his regular trips there, and visited the little girl whose smile touched his heart.
In a year when forecasters are predicting an especially active hurricane season, AmeriCares has to be able to respond when the next storm strikes. We have been providing aid to people devastated by natural disasters such as hurricanes for 25 years.