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Nicaragua Land of lakes and volcanoes. San Juan River Relief - Nicaragua February 12 - 21, 2010 WCMA Medical & Dental Mission.

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1 Nicaragua Land of lakes and volcanoes

2 San Juan River Relief - Nicaragua February , 2010 WCMA Medical & Dental Mission

3 San Juan River - Nicaragua Location of the Mission

4 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.

5 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.)

6 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.

7 San Juan River - Nicaragua This is Nicaragua

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9 Primary San Juan River - Nicaragua

10 San Juan River - Nicaragua A Country in Need

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12 San Juan River - Nicaragua

13 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission

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15 San Juan River - Nicaragua Sabalos Lodge

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17 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission – San Carlos Hospital (pop. 20,000)

18 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission – San Carlos Hospital

19 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission-Boca de Sabalos- (population: 2644)

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21 San Juan River - Nicaragua Boca de Sabalos

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23 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission – El Castillo (Population:2,041)

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25 San Juan River - Nicaragua The Mission – El Castillo

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28 San Juan River - Nicaragua

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30 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

31 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: - Drs. Oscar & Rosa Torres


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