Exploring Our World: People, Places, and Cultures

Chapter 8: History and Cultures of Latin America

Student Web Activity

" Latin American Populations"

In this chapter, you have learned that many Latin American countries have high population growth rates. As a result, increasing numbers of Latin Americans are leaving impoverished rural areas and moving to cities to find better jobs, housing, and health care. In many cases, cities can’t keep up with this demand for services. You will learn how some Latin American governments are using a new strategy to break the cycle of poverty.

Destination Title: Driving up Demand for Health Services in Latin America

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Start at the Population Reference Bureau home page.

  • Click on the pull-down menu under the heading Browse by Region/Country.
  • In the list that appears, select Latin America.
  • On the next screen, scroll down and select Driving up Demand for Health Services in Latin America.

Read the article and answer the questions below.

What are CCTs?
What do some governments hope to achieve by providing CCTs?
How are CCTs different from previous poverty reduction strategies?
How much money do Peruvian women collect each month under the Juntos CCT program?
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