Nicaragua was hit by two major hurricanes, Eta and Iota, in November 2020, with devastating effects on already vulnerable remote communities.
devastating effects on already vulnerable remote communities. The Autonomous Region of the North Caribbean Coast (RACCN)
was by far the hardest hit department, as it received a direct hit from torrential rains from
Eta and Iota and winds up to 160 miles per hour.
The emergency caused by Eta and Iota in Nicaragua is endangering the lives of the most nutritionally vulnerable.
nutritionally vulnerable. Although there are no data on the impact of the hurricanes on nutrition, it is expected that the nutritional
expected that the baseline nutrition situation in 2018 will deteriorate further after hurricanes Eta and Iota.
Eta and Iota. Until today, nutrition has not been a priority sector in the response efforts of UN agencies and other organizations.
United Nations agencies and other organizations. The Ministry of Health (MINSA) and the SILAIS (Local Integral Health Care Systems) have
de Atención Integral de Salud) have limited capacity to prevent and treat malnutrition. The lack of
The lack of nutritional interventions in the current emergency situation jeopardizes the nutritional status of vulnerable
vulnerable groups, leading to malnutrition, disease and probably death.
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