In I&S today, we learnt to use GapMinder, a application that collects and compares data under many tabs. I decided to compare Infant mortality to GDP per capita, as i believe that the higher the GDP of the citizen, the lower the amount of children dying because the average citizen would be able to afford better health care. I decided to compare Sierra Leone to the United States, as a way to look at 2 opposites of the spectrum. Below are pictures from 1960 to 2000:
In 1960, Sierra Leone, in the corner was a relatively small country with a low GDP and high infant mortality rate. On the other hand, the United States has a high GDP and a relatively low infant mortality. I believe this was so as each young country, like Sierra Leone, has just been formed did not have the time do develop and create a stable economy (many countries in Africa were formed when given their independence, the borders were written by European powers, regardless of culture). While the US, has had time to develop its infrastructure, economy, military etc…
In 1970, Sierra Leone did grow in GDP, but its infant mortality rate was not solved, yet, its did lower due to the amount of money per person. The United States, was very similar to Sierra Leone, with a higher GDP, and a lower Infant mortality.
In 1980, Sierra Leone developed even more, solving some of its infant mortality, but there is a stop in GDP, due to the military coups plaguing the country. The US is on a steady rise in GDP and decline of infant mortality.
In 1990, a civil war started in Sierra Leone making the GDP increase stop drastically, yet the infant mortality is on a steady decline. The US is still the same, with the GDP inclinig and the infant mortality rates decreasing steadily.
In 2000, Sierra Leone was still in the midst of its civil war, so the GDP was decreasing quickly for the worse. Its infant mortality was on a steady decline as per usual. The US is on its same incline in GDP and decline in infant mortality.