San Juan River Relief - Nicaragua February 12 - 21, 2010 WCMA Medical & Dental Mission
San Juan River - Nicaragua Location of the Mission
San Juan River - Nicaragua Country Background (Source:AmeriCares) - Nicaragua is located in a region that is at high for natural disasters. - The political turmoil that began with the Sandinistas against Somoza, severely hurt the country’s economic development. - The 1980s were marked by declining output and rampant inflation as the Sandinista government fought the Contras.
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Still, it is the safest country in Central America. With a population of 5.3 million, 48.3% live in poverty. 17% of them live in extreme poverty (UNICEF). 48% of the population live on less than $1.00 a day. 40% of the population has not access to medical health care (UNICEF). San Juan River - Nicaragua Important Facts (Source: Pan American Health Org.)
San Juan River - Nicaragua Country Background -Impoverished populations concentrated in rural and peril-urban areas. -Deaths are associated with respiratory diseases, neonatal sepsis, diarrhea, and mal nutrition. -The political environment welcomes medical missions. -Medical cooperation plays a critical role. The Pan American Health Organization has named Nicaragua a priority country for assistance.
Friday 12 th – Leave to Nicaragua – arrive in Managua Saturday 13 th – Sightseeing Sunday 14 th – Fly to San Carlos and Take boat to Sabalos Lodge Monday 15 th to Thursday 18 th – See Patients Friday 19 th – Back to Managua Saturday 20 th – Sightseeing Sunday 21 st – Back to USA San Juan River - Nicaragua Itinerary
San Juan River - Nicaragua WCMA Medical & Dental Mission to Nicaragua “Help us, help them” We are still accepting & welcoming monetary donations, medical equipment & medicines. If you have any questions, please contact: - Martha E. Seegers at: firstname.lastname@example.org - Drs. Oscar & Rosa Torres