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Health and Disease in Africa: Statistics/Mapping

Emphasizing social science and historical resources rather than clinical research.


World Health Organization (WHO) Data and Statistics

WHO is the major supplier of health related statistics for Africa. Notice the website's country pages.

WHO Regional Office for Africa also has useful data including country pages.


Quick Facts:

Demographic Yearbook, contains general tables including a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, natality, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce.

Statistical Yearbook  Ref. HA12.5 U63 Also available online. This is the most general of the United Nations statistical publications

UN Data (overview of products of UN Statistics Division)

United Nations Population Fund State of the World's Population (annual)

UN AIDS Country Reports

Other Statistical Sources


WHO Global Health Maps

More Mapping


Atlas of Climate and Health. World Health Organization. 2012. (On order)

***Global Health Map tracks current disease outbreaks and public health concerns worldwide. (Childrens Hospital Boston) . HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Through an automated process, updating 24/7/365, the system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages, facilitating early detection of global public health threats.

Malaria Atlas Project. The most detailed map ever created of malaria risk worldwide has been published by an international team of researchers funded by the Wellcome Trust. See video below.

Of Interest:

Atlas of Global Development: A Visual Guide to the World's Greatest Challenges. 2nd ed. 2009 (World Bank) Emory only

Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment  2008. (United Nations Environment Programme)is a unique publication which brings to light stories of environmental change at more than 100 locations spread across every country in Africa. There are more than 300 satellite images, 300 ground photographs and 150 maps.

UC Atlas of Global Inequality

Other Interesting Tools:

Gapminder is a visualizing tool which allows you to plot a range of development data 9including public health) on a map or chart and animate it over time. Check out Let My Dataset Change Your Mind Set, a speech and demonstration by Gapminder creator & Swedish Professor of Public Health, Hans Rosling to the U.S. State Department in 2009. SEE ALSO Rosling's Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen and HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals

A Developing World, produced by the Canadian Geographic Enterprises and Canadian International Development Agency, is an interactive map which allows you to click on continents, regions or countries and find more detailed information. You can also compare countries as well as take a thematic approach and find out more about population, poverty and hunger, health, education, environment and HIV/AIDS at the global level, and in specific regions/countries. Data was compiled in 2007-2008.


Mapping Malaria

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