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Hans Rosling has used GapMinder to demonstrate what is happening with several issues concerning women.

Three issues are closely related: maternal mortality, childhood mortality, and population growth.

Maternal mortality

It is estimated that half a million women die during pregnancy and childbirth, but the uncertainty makes it difficult to determine if we are doing the right things that will reduce the number of deaths.

Child mortality

Nearly 10 million children under age 5 die every year. Most of this is caused by childhood diseases. Increasing income generally improves health, and thus reduces childhood mortality to a minimum.

What stops population growth?

Reducing maternal and childhood mortality will result in an increase in population growth, but it turns out we need to follow that path so we can then reduce birth rate to match a decreased death rate.

What stops population growth? from Gapminder Foundation on Vimeo.

I wanted to find a correlation between increasing education of women and decreasing birth rate and eventual decrease in population growth. But there seems to be very limited data on education, ironically, so I'm still working on that. But here is a GapMinder graph (that I made) showing a clear correlation between birth rate, age at 1st marriage, infant mortality rate, and childre.... The countries with higher birth rate have higher infant mortality, more children per woman, and earlier marriages.

Breast cancer

Women die for other reasons besides complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Breast cancer turns out to be increasing as income grows, though in more recent years, the number of deaths is being reduced, but the treatments are expensive. So we need to find better ways to avoid getting breast cancer in the first place.

Cervical cancer

Unlike breast cancer, the number of cervical cancer incidences generally decreases with increasing income because the detection and treatment is very effective.


The global HIV epidemic, which affects men and women, has reached a "steady state" with about 1% of the adult world infected, which means it is not getting much worse or better. In Africa, there are huge differences across countries regarding how HIV spreads and how many survive. Get more info and see discussion at HIV: New facts and stunning data visuals

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Comment by Nathaniel Fruchter on April 14, 2010 at 3:46am
Some great videos. Gapminder is awesome; thanks for compiling these!
Comment by Daniel LaLiberte on April 14, 2010 at 4:27am
Yes, you can play with GapMinder yourself, by the way, and reference them here. I just added a link to one that I made.
Comment by Michele Baron on April 14, 2010 at 4:32am
education and income don't always correlate. Good post, thank you for sharing.
Comment by Iyamuremye Jean de Dieu on April 14, 2010 at 2:39pm
Wow, this is awesome!


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