Causes Of Poverty In Society

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Poverty is a major problem the Belizean society. Studies reveal that around forty percent of the Belizean population lives in poverty. Belize is a small country that derives its main source of income through the tourism, sugar cane, oil mining, citrus and banana industries. Belize is rated as the country with the highest poverty rates in the Caribbean. This phenomena is having a negative effect in our society, and is responsible for many of the issues we are facing today, such as the increase in crime, poor health, unemployment, limited access to education, these factors are the main contributors that leads to the disruption of peace among the population. If we are unable to meet our basic needs like food, shelter, security, as outlined by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs it is impossible for us to be a productive member of society. Poverty is the main social problem responsible for poor health in our society. In Belize poverty is the main reason we have such high incidence of mal-nutrition among our children. With Toledo district having the highest rates followed by Orange walk and Cayo. As a result of this our Belizean population is facing major health challenges such as stunting among children under five years of age, children with low immune system making them prone to skin and fungal infections, high recurrence rates of respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal infections. In some countries like Guatemala these vulnerable age groups die as a result of this. In Belize the

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