Highest rates of mortality are found in LEDC's e.g. Sub-Saharan Africa
Lowest rates of mortality are found in countries at the lower end of the development range.
Mortality has fallen due to medical advances.
People are more willing to control mortality.
Why does mortality vary?
- Infant mortality indicator of socioeconomic development. Areas with high infant mortality have high overall mortality
- Area with high levels of medical infrastructure have low levels of mortality
- Life expectancy is higher in countries with higher development
- incidence of AIDs impact on mortality especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over 40 million people are living with HIV/AIDs.
Causes of Death in MEDC's and LEDC's
More developed countries
Less developed countries
Heart disease and strokes
Respiratory diseases: influenza, pneumonia, TB
Parasitic diseases: malaria, sleeping sickness
Transport related accidents
Natural disasters e.g. earthquakes, AIDS