Cartels Carve New Drug Routes in Central America

Mexico's drug cartels have made their way into Central America and are forging new drug trade routes in Belize, a country that has recently been added to the Obama administration's "black list".

Mexico's Drug War Comes to Belize

The uninhabited coral cays, long coastline and thick jungles that draw tourists to Belize also appeal to drug smugglers. Belize's borders are porous and its security forces are minuscule.

Belize, Before the Storm

More and more gangsters from Guatemala are planting marijuana in Belize, adding fuel to the increasingly dangerous situation taking place near the border of the two countries.

Improving the Odds for a Nation of Mothers

Throughout the world, more than 350,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related complications. Belize is one country that is trying to improve maternal health care in hopes of reducing the risks for pregnant women.

Maternal Mortality in Belize

Throughout the world, one woman dies during childbirth every 90 seconds…. While the United States has seen an increase in maternal mortality, Belize is finding ways to improve maternal health.The World Health Organization reports that, with a rate of 11 deaths per 100,000 pregnancies, the U.S. ranks behind more than 40 other countries…. Some health officials say that an increase in the age of pregnant women, as well as obesity, diabetes, and the number of c-sections and induced labors have led to this increase….

Fragile States: The Drug War in Central America

Billionaire Mexican drug mafias are muscling into Central America, undermining the region’s feeble governments and bringing violence to levels not seen since the civil wars of the 1970s and 80s.

Belize: Improving the Odds for the Nation's Mothers

One woman dies every 90 seconds from pregnancy-related complications somewhere in the world. The Belize Ministry of Health is improving access, coverage, and quality of maternal health care in hopes of someday no longer being one of those places.

Museum of Current Crises

This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.