Friday, November 13, 2009

World Maps of Disease

Following up on the causes of death post, I found interesting graphics from Anna Barford and Danny Dorling from the Geography departmenr at the University of Sheffield. They made maps of the deaths in different regions where the areas are proportional to the occurrence of the disease. The maps make for some very distorted country profiles.

The top one is actually for poverty, and it shows a huge overage in India with the United States very small and Canada invisible.

Even more extreme is the map for childhood diseases which seems to occur primarily in Africa, India and Pakistan.

On the other hand, the map for lung cancer shows America far larger than Africa, which shrinks to insignificance. China and Japan have grown as well probably because so many people smoke.

See the next post in the global health series.