Global Health Equity: Crisis in Latin America – Health and Hunger


As a teacher of AP Spanish Language and Culture, I aim to get my students informed, not just about the importance of learning a second language, but mostly about the cultures related to Spanish language. It has always been my goal to make students aware of the world that surrounds them.
In exploring world challenges, they learned about hunger in Latin America. As the world witnesses the horror of the actual Venezuelan hunger crisis, the students will share their research and seek to create awareness that impels to action to help Venezuelan children suffering from extreme hunger.

Essential Questions:

  • What political and social conditions have caused the reappearance of long eradicated diseases in Venezuela?
  • Why has poor health and poverty dramatically spiked in the last year?
  • How has politics and ineffective economic measures affected the Venezuelan infant mortality?

Concepts / Content:

The students will know and understand…

  • The social and political situation in Venezuela in the past 19 years.
  • The role of the government in the reappearance of long eradicated diseases.
  • The role of the government in the increase rate of infant mortality as a consequence of extreme poverty and hunger.


The students will be able to…

  • Explore the global issues of poverty and hunger in Venezuela by communicating with NGOs and medical resources in Spanish.
  • Understand the impact of these issues on the infant population.
  • Communicate their research in a breakout session at the symposium.
  • Facilitate small group discussions exploring responses to the existing inequities.

Learning Activities:

  • Caritas (NGO)
  • HRW (Human Rights Watch, NGO)
  • Variety of international media
  • Interviews with Venezuelan doctors

A group of four AP Spanish Language and Culture students will present a case study on the current health and hunger situation in Venezuela. They will research and contact organizations that are currently working to help with this crisis in the country.

The students will present facts and through small group discussions invite participants to take an active role to affect social change in Venezuela.

Goals and Criteria:

Goal Three: Educate to a social awareness which impels to action

  • The school educates to a critical consciousness that leads its total community to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice
  • In our multicultural world, the school prepares and inspires students to be active, informed, and responsible citizens locally, nationally, and globally.