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Friday, November 09, 2007

Death Maps And The Crisis In Africa

I recently saw these maps and was blown away. These are death maps: the amount of death on a continent or in a country in relation to the amount of population they compose in relation to the rest of the world. The top map depicts the deaths where as the bottom map depicts population.

Wow. It makes me sick to my stomach especially when I compare it to the U.S.

Often Preventable Deaths/Population

Of the roughly 57 million people who died in 2002, more than 18 million succumbed to communicable diseases, complications from childbirth, or nutritional deficiencies, according to WHO. Worldmapper labels these deaths as "often preventable" because the conditions could have been easily treated with modern medicine.

HIV/AIDS Deaths/Population

In 2002 the region [sub-Saharan Africa] suffered about 80 percent of the 2.6 million deaths attributed to AIDS worldwide. This means that the disease, which goes largely untreated there, killed more than 6,000 Africans a day.

War Deaths/Population

Here is the link to the National Geographic site with the rest of the maps. Those are just as telling, but these jumped out at me as the relate to the death crisis in Africa.

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