Adult mortality rates by country and sex mapped over time (Global), 1970-2010
Health disparities revealed by trends in adult mortality
See changes in adult-mortality across 187 countries between 1970 and 2010. By watching the colors change on the map over time, you can see how adult mortality rates vary greatly among countries for both men and women. Data are presented as bubbles, columns, or lines.
- Click the 'Data' button to switch between male and female and/or change the year.
- Click the right arrow button in the bottom right-hand corner to watch the map and table change over time.
- Click a range on the left legend to view all countries on the map that fall within that interval.
- Click on a specific country in the map or table and then hover over other countries to compare their time trends in the line chart.
- Zoom in and out of the map by using the plus and minus signs.
- Right-click anywhere on the visualization to view additional interactive options, such as adding text boxes or shapes.
- By right-clicking, you can also print the visualization with your custom additions (i.e., your current zoom settings, any text you added, or shapes).
- Watch the sharp increase in adult mortality in sub-Saharan Africa in the 1990s due to the HIV epidemic. Click on the “Data” button and choose “Adult Mortality (45q15), Female” and then scroll down to choose “1970.” Hit the “+” button once so that the screen zooms in to Africa. Then hit the play button on the bottom left near “2010.” You will see how through the 1970s and 1980s sub-Saharan African countries saw lower mortality rates, seen by the lighter colors on the map, but beginning in the early 1990s, those shades darken, indicating the reversal of mortality trends. By 2010, most countries in sub-Saharan Africa had worse adult mortality rates than they did in 1970.
- See how much of the world saw improvements in adult mortality while Southeast Asia stagnation. Click on the “Data” button and choose “Adult Mortality (45q15), Male” and then scroll down to choose “1970.” Place the cursor over Southeast Asia. Click the mouse once and hold it down to drag the region until it is in the center of the window. Hit the “+” button to zoom in. Then hit the play button on the bottom left near “2010.” You will see very little change in mortality trends over the past 20 years, even as nearby Australia dropped from a mortality probability of 202 out of 1,000 to 76, a massive decline over 40 years.
Adult Mortality (45q15): Probability of death between the ages of 15 years and 60 years (number of deaths per 1,000)
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Rajaratnam JK, Marcus JR, Levin-Rector A, Chalupka AN, Wang H, Dwyer L, Costa M, Lopez AD, Murray CJL. Worldwide mortality in men and women aged 15–59 years from 1970 to 2010: a systematic analysis. The Lancet. 2010 Apr 30; 375:1704–1720.