Government, Health and Welfare
social security programs, infant mortality rate, Malnutrition, labor force, medical personnel
In recent years public health services in Honduras have been made more accessible through an increase in mobile health units and through the development of community participation in health programs. Effective programs have resulted in malaria control, improved sewerage, and increased medical personnel. Malnutrition, inadequate housing, and infant diseases are still widespread. In 2002 the estimated life expectancy at birth was 70.5 years for women and 67.1 years for men; the infant mortality rate was 30 per 1,000 live births.
The constitution provides social security programs for workers and their families. Funds are collected from employers, employees, and the government. Only a small part of the labor force participates in the program.
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