Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Global Child Mortality Map

The Pulitzer Center's Child Lives Map visualizes the levels of infant mortality around the world. At first glance the map may appear a little depressing. It reveals that there are still relatively high levels of child mortality in many countries around the world. However the map also shows the remarkable decline in infant mortality from 1990 to 2012.

The map uses UNICEF data to compare child mortality rates around the world in 2012 with those in 1990. If you quickly switch between the two years on the map you can see how the scaled markers are smaller in nearly every country in 2012 than in 1990. According to the Pulitzer Center this difference in child mortality rates represents around 90 million lives saved.

If you select a country's marker on the map you can view graphs showing the rate of under-five deaths and the total number of under-five deaths in the country for every year (1990-2012). The map also reveals the percentage fall (or rise) in the under-five mortality rate in the country over those years. If you click on the information icon you can take a guided tour around some of the countries which have made significant gains in reducing child mortality. This guide includes India, which has reduced child mortality by over 50%, and China, which has reduced child mortality by 74%.

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