Since 1997, Handicap International has developed and strengthened the technical skills of partner organizations working in the field of disability in Nicaragua. After working in the country for 15 years, Handicap International decided that the conditions were right to transfer the overall management of the project to its partner, Visíon Inclusiva (VI), and to phase out its actions in Nicaragua. Handicap International continues to support VI's projects and strengthen its autonomy.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. The leading causes of morbidity and mortality among adults are the result of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Since 2004, Handicap International and Visión Inclusiva have worked together, in partnership with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, to provide care and support to those affected by chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and arthritis.
PROMOTION OF CONTROL OF DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION
In Nicaragua, Handicap International supports projects led by Visíon Inclusiva to improve living conditions for more than 29,000 people suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure in the departments of Masaya and Estelí. The organization contributes to training education officers who lead awareness-raising sessions and ensures that people with diabetes and high blood pressure receive better care-management. Handicap International also provides technical and financial support for clubs of people with diabetes and high blood pressure and holds meetings with professionals in the field of chronic non-communicable diseases. 300 people have benefited from peer education training and 375 health workers have benefited from professional training.