Effects Of Poverty In Belize

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Belize struggles to satisfy basic characteristics of a developed nation. It is identified as a developing country because its standard of living is unfortunately low, people live under inadequate housing conditions and it lacks industrialization. The poverty level of the people of Belize is a sure indicator of the lack of growth in Belize’s economy. According to Prime Minister’s State of the Nation speech 2014, approximately 43% Belizeans are living below the poverty line. A poverty line or level is the level of personal or family income below which one is classified as poor according to governmental standards. (Merriam-webster.com, 2016). This affects the standing of living because it is the point where one lacks a combination of wealth, …show more content…
The government of a country is responsible for providing adequate housing, which includes: legal security of tenure; availability of services; materials, facilities, and infrastructure; affordability; habitability (protection from physical and environmental hazards); and accessibility, location, and cultural adequacy. (Nita Chaudhuri, 2004). Many poverty alleviation projects or organizations have been created to help the poor people in Belize. Last year (2015) Denton Belisle, Minister of Housing started another project to improve the housing conditions. He organized a workshop where they brainstormed ideas and concluded that the government must do something about the problem. Currently, there is a Low Income Housing Project, a collaboration of the Rotary Club and Hand In Hand Ministries to build houses for Belize City …show more content…
They travel far from home because we don’t have the equipment, trained doctors, nor facilities to provide the necessary tests or surgery. In a web article, the following was stated, “be aware that medical care in Belize does not meet the same standards of medical care in North America or the European Union. Not even remotely.” The article also revealed some issues with the medical services that Belize provides. Some issues are equipment problems, supply shortage, management problems, untrained staff, inadequate facilities, limited equipment, etc. Almost all wealthy nations provide universal health care (A. Shah, 2011). Governments that ensure its people have quality advanced health care are the ones which have a much lower infant mortality rate, higher life expectancy and lower death

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