World Malaria Day

April 25 marks World Malaria Day, an initiative to raise awareness of efforts to control a disease which is both preventable and curable.   A couple of new maps show worldwide deaths, highlighting the disproportionate geography of fatalities.

From Chartsbin,  worldwide malaria deaths, 1990 – 2009.   The figures used are from official government records. According to the World Health Organisation estimates the real numbers are many times higher – around 800,000 in total a year.


Secondly, a collaboration between Benjamin D Hennig and UNICEF. The map is a cartogram, with countries re-sized so their areas are proportional to the number of fatalities. The visualization drives home the fact the vast majority of fatalities occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Worldwide Malaria Deaths, Map

Credit: Benjamin Hennig in collaboration with UNICEF, property of the SASI Research Group (University of Sheffield).

The Guardian Datablog has the figures behind this map.

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