Based on what I devour from the article, I learned that religion plays a determining factor when it comes to poor countries like India. Their caste system whereby people can only work occupations based on what their predecessors were contributed to poverty in the country. This means that should their be a province inhabited by low-salary workers in India, this would mean that that province would overall be very poor and insufficient to contribute to the nation significantly. Hence the government would have no doubt but to neglect them and tend to more important state and provinces. I find this very interesting as I never thought that tradition and culture plays such an important role in the well being of a country. Countries that practice such customs end up being victims of poverty. Another thing I find interesting is the fact that these customs are inevitable, that is to say, people cannot stop this custom they have been doing for they know their ancestors have done it. A stop to that practice would mean abolishing the culture. In conclusion, for countries like India, poverty is destined. It is a lose-lose situation. Would the people lose culture for a better life or lose a better life to preserve culture?
LiveMint : Thoughtful and well-written viewpoint by Anirudh Krishna
"Even moderately well-to-do people have become persistently poor.This is unfortunate, especially when we consider that the majority of these descents into poverty could have been prevented. Very little is being done, however, to address the problem of poverty creation."
"Restricting the flow of people into poverty requires investing in better – more affordable, accessible, and higher quality – healthcare. Becoming richer as a nation will not automatically resolve this problem."
It starts with healthcare A vast and growing body of work has started to show how the source of a great deal of poverty is inadequate healthcare. Several other factors are also associated with falling into poverty, but in terms of frequency and magnitude the effects of ill health and medical expenses predominate. Illhealth imposes a double burden on households – when high treatment costs go together with loss of earning power – and it has the biggest influence on becoming and remaining poor. Researchers who have studied these trends in different countries describe how, because of poverty neglect, a “medical poverty trap” is becoming ever more pervasive (see Whitehead, et al. 2001; Xu, et al. 2003; Zhao 2006). Millions of families are living only one illness away from poverty, and thousands more have become deeply indebted on account of burdensome healthcare costs. 60% of all families who fell into poverty in the Rajasthan communities we studied, 74% in Andhra Pradesh, and 88% in Gujarat experienced one or more catastrophic health episodes. Calculations by other researchers show how a stupendous number – amounting to 3.7% of the Indian population – is at risk of falling below the dollar-a-day threshold every year on account of healthcare expenses (EQUITAP 2005; Garg and Karan 2005).
From this article I learned how poverty can take its toll on people through many mediums. In this case, it was through healthcare. The inefficient and ineffective healthcare provided by India's ministry of health has caused the lives of some to change. In addition because of the medical industry lack of competence with modern day technology, they will tend to use aiding methods that are more pain-staking, thus more expensive.
This shows that if a country is under poverty, its people will suffer its toll. The effects of poverty are similar to that of a chain reaction. Poverty will affect the government to those industries to the workers and to the people, increasing in damage as it progresses through the stages.
The article also provides ways in which the government is planning to counter these predicaments. It is via provision, insurance and regulation. Firstly it has to work with countries like Sweden,USA or other developed countries that have up to date medical treatments. From this the ministry of health in India would have more in depth knowledge to treat more complex illnesses effectively. Secondly, insurance refers to the availability servises. Knowing that India is a big pile of land with many different people, it is very important that the country has sufficient doctors to treat the population of illnesses. Lastly, regulation is the increased commercialization of medical services coupled with weak or absent regulation has resulted in a proliferation of fly-by-night operators, over-prescription, over-charging by private providers, spurious drugs, and other avoidable evils. Without taking account of these developments, it is hard to explain why the financial burden of healthcare costs has risen so sharply, especially among poorer and less literate people.
Why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly—and what can be done about it?... Even where there is enough food, people do not seem healthier. On top of 1 billion without enough calories, another 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they lack micro-nutrients (this is often called “hidden hunger”). And a further 1 billion are malnourished in the sense that they eat too much and are obese. It is a damning record: out of the world population of 7 billion, 3 billion eat too little, too unhealthily, or too much. Malnutrition is attracting attention now because the damage it does has only recently begun to sink in. The misery of lacking calories—bloated bellies, wasted limbs, the lethargy of famine—is easy to spot. So are the disastrous effects of obesity. By contrast, the ravages of inadequate nutrition are veiled, but no less dreadful.
From the picture in which the scoop.it article provided, I see a girl consuming an unintelligible object that, based on pure assumption, is food that have gone bad or not edible by any means of cooking. The girl seems to carry a strong aura that draws compassion and sympathy of viewers. It could be because of the obvious fact that she is a child. Children are meant to be cared for and growed carefully, they are the seeds that will sprout into tall and successful adults. Hence, it is no doubt that for one to see her in the condition that she is now, rugged and dirty, to pity her.
Thoughts that came through my mind as and after I was reading the text was the fact of knowing how the people in Eldoro live and breathe through the unfaithfull force of poverty. Though the education system do teach children on the types of good food present and the ways to prevent malnutrition, one can get to see how action's are stronger than words. For example, school children educated on health and food still resorted to eating a stack of bananas that may or may not be rotten. They will eat any thing edible regardless of whether they will have impending consequences on them. This was probably because of their environment. The knowledge that they have about food could not be practiced mainly beacause of what they have. Knowing that they have only malnutritious food would eventually change their mindset to accept this food as they have no other choice to eat. Hence lessons learnt in school are redundant when environment stormed by poverty are put into consideration
Lastly questions that I have in mind are
1)Do poor children of thirld world countries experience such atrocities poverty has caused?
2) Do those that suffer from poverty share food, thus prioritising their children?
3) Has there ever been a representitive from poor provinces to demand beeter food from the richer states.
As the titlesuggest, this articles wants to share views of how poverty affect education and also how education can affect poverty. It shares the idea that the reason for countries slow plunge to poverty is because of the increasing trends of school dropouts. Education is a factor that will make or break an individual. Assuming that a person with an academically well brought up basis is compared to a person who is illiterate and has no form of education throughout his life, the former individual would no doubt succeed in a competitive country like America. Similarly, if that individual is placed in a developing country like India, his skills would contribute to the country either in terms of what he is professional in; medical engineering etc. Now imagine if handful of people are educated and placed in India to contribute to the nation, India would definitely stand a chance in not only salvage its people from poverty but also contribute in a bigger stage, it can contribute globally. In conclusion, there is a link and chemistry between poverty and education.
The poor in small towns in Africa can and do benefit from commercialised water services, says SNV in a new practice brief . As long as water companies are socially responsible and they are backed up by pro-poor policies.
Thaqiv Idraqie's insight:
From what the article has provided me, I see that the government of Africa has thought of some ways to counter poverty. One such way is through solving one of the problems poverty has caused: Water Shortages. By enabling everyone to have a fresh supply of water, mortalitity rates would be decreased overtime and the countries well being will get better overall
The article shows that the government has received concerns from people about the condition poor people of its country are suffering. By having a commercial water service, social bonds can be created among the rich and the poor as no longer will the rich have access to water. The service also teaches the people of poor provinces how to manage water resources among people to ensure fair treatment for all. This seems like an effective and useful measure introduced by the government. However I am concerned about those that are from other provinces knowing that Africa comprises of thousands of provinces and not all speak the same language. Thus there still will be a handfull that will not benefit from such shemes and it is important for non profit and non-government organizations to care for these unfortunate people suffering from poverty.
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