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Health Care, Disease Control, Crime and Safety in Honduras

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The health care situation in Honduras in the 1990s is best described as not readily accessible to majority of the country’s population, especially the poor. This was because of its prohibitive costs. Quality of and access to health care was always tied to the people’s capacity to pay the costs. This prompted the government through the Ministry of Health to implement certain health programs that could address the different aspects of health such as respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal diseases, immunization, mother and child care, sexual education, and malnutrition and environment-related diseases. These programs are carried out through the nine health regions supervised by the Ministry, and to health areas into which the regions are divided. The Ministry is also in charge of national health policy, as it implements health promotion and regulation, improves public access to health care services and, most importantly, guarantees enough supply of medicine for the people. The Ministry also regulates the country’s medical care facilities including six national hospitals, which are the best equipped in the country; six regional hospitals; 16 areal hospitals; 249 health centers with a medical doctor each; and 1094 rural health centers with only a nurse each. The entire health care workers are composed of 1722 doctors, 884 professional nurses, 5353 auxiliary nurses, 79 microbiologists, 1079 health promoters, and 329 laboratory technicians.

A Volunteer Health Program, consisting of volunteers, also operates to support local doctors and nurses in their work in public hospitals and clinics, or work in different capacities, from observing to providing assistance, if needed, in surgery and other medical tasks, based on their experience and skills.

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