Health Education : Poor Health Essay

1173 Words Mar 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Haiti is a Caribbean country located on the island of Hisplaniola and is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with a population of 10,461,000. Decades of political instability, ineffective development practices, and natural disasters have left most of the country without any vital services or opportunities for economic growth. One of the many issues that Haiti encounters is poor health due to the lack of health education. Health education standards in this country are tremendously low with their health literacy rate being about 53 percent for males and 51 percent for females, while the average health literacy rate for all Latin American and Caribbean countries is 92 percent. Health education is directed towards improving health literacy. The lack of health education affects the entire country and the economic, educational, and health situation of children and families in Haiti are enormous. Health education is the way to a longer life expectancy for the people of Haiti. It is the key to lessen the significant burden of chronic diseases, provide the importance of maternal and child health, supply knowledge of what to do when infectious disease outbreaks occurs, prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS, reduce mortality rates, and improve overall health. The risk factors of little to no health education can result in an increasing number of health risks and mortality to the people of Haiti. The country’s life expectancy is about 61 years in men and 65 years in…

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