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 reduce the impact of type 2 diabetes on the 37,6000 inhabitants in the city of León. The organization contributes to training education officers who lead awareness-raising sessions, support peer-to-peer training of organizations, and the training of health care professionals. 2,400 people with diabetes have benefited, 300 people have benefited from peer education training and 80 health workers have benefited from professional training.
Handicap International works to improve the educational environment in the municipality of Masatepe by encouraging children with disabilities to attend nursery and primary school. Our teams support families with children with disabilities and support local awareness-raising actors that share the importance and feasibility of sending their children with disabilities to school. 40 teachers have been provided training on inclusive education and 120 children with disabilities are now more included in their communities. 3,778 primary school teachers and pupils have benefited from awareness-raising sessions on inclusive education and 80 municipal workers have received awareness-raising sessions on inclusion.