Nicaragua & COVID-19

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Nicaragua has maintained some of the fewest cases of the coronavirus in the world and exceptionally lower rates than its neighbor countries in Central America. Since mid-March, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua has been responding to COVID-19 through community-based health brigades and education, based in the cultural, social, and economic conditions in the country. Recognizing that there are up to today’s date no cases of community transmission in the country and little international travel into Nicaragua, the government has encouraged Nicaraguans to take preventative measures while allowing people to continue working and going to school. Rather than celebrate the Sandinista government’s ability to prevent the spread of the virus AND maintain working Nicaraguans’ economic stability so that all Nicaraguans can keep food on the table, international media has consistently accused the Sandinistas of lying about the number of confirmed cases in the country and criticized the government for keeping the economy open. Here we share articles that reflect the reality of COVID-19 in Nicaragua:

Nicaragua and COVID-19 – Western media’s best kept secret

Jorge Capelán, April 6th, 2020 – Tortilla con Sal 

A history of the achievements in health care under the Sandinista government, and a detailed analysis of their response to COVID-19.

Nicaragua and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stephen Sefton (Tortilla con Sal), March 30th, 2020 – teleSUR English 

Overview of COVID-19 in Nicaragua and how the government is preventing the spread.

Nicaragua in times of coronavirus: Amazement and suspicion

Magda Lanuza, April 18th, 2020 – Quixote Center

Nine factors that differentiate Nicaragua’s response to COVID-19 from other parts of Central America.

COVID-19 and Central America: a Learning Moment?

James Phillips, April 28th, 2020 – Counterpunch

Compares how Nicaragua and Honduras have responded to the coronavirus crisis; Nicaragua with community-focused preventative care, Honduras with martial law. 

How the Nicaraguan Opposition Distorted the Governments Response to COVID-19

John Perry, April 21, 2020 – Counterpunch

How international media ignores the economic/coronavirus realities in Nicaragua and takes advantage of the Sandinista’s catered (and successful) response to the situation as an excuse to attack President Daniel Ortega.

NicaNotes: Is Nicaragua Hiding COVID-19 Cases?

Becca Mohally Renk, April 29th, 2020 – Alliance for Global Justice

Explains the calculated response to COVID-19 by the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA), and debunks the fake news that Nicaragua could cover up coronavirus cases.

DANIEL : “It is time to swap nuclear weapons for hospitals” 

Daniel Ortega, April 16th, 2020 – Tortilla con Sal

President Comandante Daniel Ortega’s addresses Nicaragua and the world about the state of the pandemic in Nicaragua, and criticizes the United States for funding warfare rather than healthcare.

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The ATC: 43 Years Growing Food!

This March 25, 2021, the Rural Workers Association of Nicaragua...

Feeding the people in times of Pandemic: The Food Sovereignty Approach in Nicaragua

By Rita Jill Clark-Gollub (Washington), Erika Takeo (Managua), and Avery...