Thanks to the Guardian data blog, I recently downloaded an eye-opening data set detailing the health of the world's children. Sourced from UNICEF, the data highlights income and health disparities across the globe. Click or highlight a specific area to see a country in more detail. Clicking on Afghanistan reveals that 60 out of every 1000 children will die before they reach their first month, and even more alarming - over one quarter will die before they reach age 5.
By selecting a continent, I can gain a very quick understanding of the overall trend through the graph on the right. Africa, has improved greatly over the past 10 years, with several exceptions.
Download the data set here.