The Washington Post: Paul Farmer’s Graph of the Year—Rwanda’s Plummeting Child Mortality Rate
For 2013, we asked some of the year's most interesting, important and influential thinkers to name their favorite graph of the year — and why they chose it. Here's medical anthropologist Paul Farmer's.
2014 will mark the 20th year since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Over the past decade, the Rwandan health sector has linked an equity plan with a robust delivery system to achieve some of the steepest declines in premature mortality ever documented anywhere. The country’s child mortality rate—once the world’s highest—has fallen at a pace of 11.1% per year, and is now in line with the global average. There is much to celebrate, but perhaps even more to learn.
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