The fact that there is enough money and food in the world to ensure that no one need go hungry is a frustrating and shocking thing. Here is some interesting stuff about Belize.

Village Midwife Training

The impetus for the Belize midwifery project grew out of our experience working with Kek'chi and Mopan Maya people in the Toledo District. Spread out over approximately 48 rural villages, the Maya in this district have the poorest health indicators of any population in Belize. Mayan infants have a 45-55% mortality rate, meaning 45-55 babies out of a thousand live births die before the age of 3 months, a rate about 5 times higher than that of the US. A high percentage of Mayan women are anemic, which puts them and their unborn babies at risk during pregnancy and childbirth, and a high number of Mayan children suffer growth retardation due to malnutrition.

Available statistics indicated that at least 40 percent of infants nationwide suffered from at least moderate malnutrition and that 61 percent of children under three years of age suffered some form of malnutrition. Because the government based this conclusion only on surveys of sick persons who visited health clinics, the actual incidence of malnutrition and anemia was probably higher, particularly among the most marginal and impoverished sectors of the population. Poor sanitation in rural areas also contributed to high incidence of intestinal parasites, especially among children.
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