Orthopaedic Education and Training in Nicaragua

Dr. Gustavo Rodriquez, Dr. Eduardo Centeno, and Henry DeGroot, MD

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, with a population of 6.1 million people. A period of war and economic decline in the 1980s has been followed by one of reforms and stabilization, gradually improving the lives and health of the people. However, Nicaragua is still a poor country with very limited resources available for health care.

Even while facing enormous challenges, Nicaragua has had considerable success in improving the health of the general population in the past three decades. Better access to safe water, sanitation, and immunization services has increased life expectancy and decreased infant mortality.

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