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Data InsightsWhat’s the leading cause of death in each country?
April 09, 2024Saloni Dattani and Fiona Spooner

What’s the leading cause of death in each country?

The leading cause of death in each country, shown on a map.

What's the leading cause of death in each country?

In most countries, it's cardiovascular disease or cancer, as shown on the map.

However, in Africa, infectious diseases are much more common. In several West African countries, the leading cause of death is diarrheal disease, malaria, or neonatal causes. In southern Africa, it's HIV/AIDS.

What’s tragic is how many still die from these causes despite being preventable with public health efforts and treatment. With greater access to clean water and sanitation, malaria bed nets, vaccines, neonatal healthcare, and antiretroviral therapy, many of these deaths could be prevented.

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