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.
The Guardian Datablog has the figures behind this map.