Nicaragua, located in Central America, is a lush land punctuated by volcanoes. Although the economy is recovering from decades of political instability, Nicaragua remains the poorest country in Central America and one of the least developed. Many of the poor live in rural areas where there is still little access to basic services. Many of the mothers in the Child Survival Program in Nicaragua have never gone to school or dropped out after primary school.
More than 1 in 4 women in Nicaragua give birth without the help of a skilled birth attendant.
Four times as many babies die during their first year of life in Nicaragua compared to Canada.
Nearly eight times as many women in Nicaragua die from pregnancy-related causes compared to Canada.
Nicaragua has the highest percentage of teenage mothers outside of Africa.
More than 1 in 5 children in Nicaragua have stunted growth from malnutrition in their first two years of life.
But this can change.
Disease control, prenatal care, breastfeeding promotion, immunization and sanitation programs are slashing rates of child and maternal mortality around the world. Since 1990, there are 17,000 fewer children dying each day!
AND YOU CAN BE A PART OF THIS.
The Child Survival Program in Nicaragua will ensure babies and pregnant women receive the health care they need. Mothers will have the opportunity to learn about things like disease prevention and nutrition. They will also learn vocational skills to help support their families. And, best of all, families will be introduced to new life in the gospel of Jesus Christ.