Living conditions: rural, urban
average income for Central America is around $600 per year, although it is common for a
family to make less than 250 dollars per year.
In rural areas, most people live in
small houses made of mud and woven branches. In the cities, people live in small
apartments, and very few own cars.
Central America is largely Roman
Catholic. Religion plays a large role in the lives of the people.
75% of all Central American people
lack the proper vitamins for good health. There is a high degree of malnutrition, high
infant mortality rates (63 deaths/1,000 live births). Major diseases: malaria, enteric
diseases, and typhoid, influenza, tuberculosis, pneumonia. Life expectancy is below 65
years in most places. Medical Care: minimal for most of the population. Adequate health
care is available to those able to pay the high cost. Health care for the poor is
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