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Sandinistas, social security system, live births, Nicaragua, Central America

Nicaragua has an extensive network of government social programs, including a social security system that provides health care, retirement, and rural health benefits. Many programs were established under the Sandinistas to aid youth, women, and the poor, and most still exist. However, health and other social programs are badly underfunded, and available services are limited and often of poor quality. The country has 1 doctor for every 1,168 people (1997). As a result of limited health services, 33 infants die for every 1,000 live births, one of the highest infant mortality rates in Central America.



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Sandinistas, social security system, live births, Nicaragua, Central America, poor quality, retirement, infants, doctor, health care, youth, women, country, people

 
 

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