Maps reveal uneven global health in graphic detail
Feb 04, 2007 08:04 PST
The Worldmapper project's depiction of global public spending on health
Evelyn Harvey 2 February 2007 Source: SciDev.Net
A new set of maps basing the relative size of countries on
socio-economic data rather than land area clearly shows gross
inequalities in global public health.
The innovative maps, published in PLoS Medicine this week (30 January),
were developed by the Worldmapper project.The project aims to show each
country sized according to public health variables derived from UN data
such as population density, disease distribution and healthcare
By using these variables instead of landmass, the maps give a clearer
picture of how health problems affect different parts of the world.
A standard map of global malaria distribution, for example, will show a
relatively small area of the world affected by the disease.
But according to Danny Dorling of the UK-based Sheffield University,
who led the study, malaria is "a disease of people, not of land".
Posted By Mike Johnston to H2OPower at 2/04/2007 10:56:00 AM