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Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, and 76 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.
The coming election in the Central American nation of Nicaragua will have a familiar name on the ballot. Ray Suarez reports.
Nicaragua is one of the Western Hemisphere's poorest countries and children there are 44 percent more likely to die before the age of 5 than the regional average.
Each year, pneumonia kills more children around the world than malaria, measles and HIV combined. Ray Suarez reports from Nicaragua on efforts to combat the lung infection, which is the leading killer of children under the age of five.
Friday night on the NewsHour, Ray Suarez looks at the threat of pneumonia among Nicaragua's children, who face difficult odds to survive and prosper into their young adult years. They are 44 percent more likely to die before their fifth birthdays than the Latin American average, according to the World Health Organization.
Marling del Socorro Valverdi was just 16 when she had her first baby. Now as a 22-year-old mother of three young children, she and her husband are struggling to make ends meet. Her story reflects a larger phenomenon: Nicaragua has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world, and the highest in Latin America.
The coming presidential election in the Central American nation of Nicaragua will have a familiar name on the ballot. Ray Suarez reports from Nicaragua.
Ray Suarez previews the NewsHour's reports from Nicaragua on the upcoming presidential election and efforts to bring a life-saving vaccine to Nicaragua's children.
Incumbent president Daniel Ortega's bid for a controversial and unprecedented third term appears to have strong support in the polls, as voters focus on the economy.
Ray Suarez reflects on the political climate in Nicaragua, where the NewsHour global health team has a series of reports on the upcoming election and efforts to bring lifesaving vaccines to the country's children.