Nicaragua Women's Health Training Team (130419NIOB)
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Accessing health care can be challenging. Factors contributing to poor access include geography, economic standing, race, and gender. Health inequity is most pronounced for the poor and minority populations. Further limiting access are the low numbers of health care providers. There are 20 doctors per 10,000 people and 73 nurses per 10,000 people. Leading causes of death are primarily due to chronic diseases, accidents, substance abuse and domestic violence. Communicable diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS remain problems. In the poorest and most inaccessible regions tuberculosis remains prevalent. However, vaccine preventable diseases appear to be under control due to strong vaccination rates.
Goals and Objectives:
The overall goal of this team is to support the broader community health program of our partner Accion Medica Cristiana. The primary objectives of this health promotion team will be train health workers, traditional birth attendants, and volunteer health promoters on various women’s health topics. Additionally, the team will provide direct medical services to women from rural communities in collaboration with personnel from the local ministry of health. The team is also expected to learn and grow from their experience by deepening their understanding of resource challenged work environments and cross cultural relationships.
Team Members and Donations
This team includes Charlotte whitmore, Caleb Whitmore, George Weghorts and Carrie Troutner. Some of these team members may have personal fundraising pages. If so, you may donate on the personal page and you'll find a link on the right side column of this page under Fundraisers. If not, you can still make a donation to the team by clicking the Donate Now button, above.