One down, two more to go!
In our previous blog post we discussed some visualization tools in order to make interesting interactive infographics and visualizations on child malnutrition. We also showed you some ‘work in progress’ by displaying screenshots of our current activities in Piktochart and Tableau. We are happy to announce that we have finished one part of our assignment, which is the interactive infographic. We decided to use Piktochart because it offers a lot of graphics and other tools for making nice looking, but still functional visualizations. As can be noticed, the design is completely different compared to our first version. The reason behind this change is that we wanted our infographic to be more in line with our WordPress theme. Before we explain our interactive infographic with more detail, we will present it to you:
The interactive infographic: a closer look
The focus of this interactive infographic is on Pakistan, whereas the other assignment parts also operate at a global level. As mentioned in our previous blog post, we noticed during our first steps in the visualization process that more data on the subject was a necessity. We were so focused on datasets that we almost forgot that articles and reports on child malnutrition in Pakistan convey much information as well. Therefore, we started browsing and looking for additional sources on child malnutrition. This really helped us to understand the problem of child malnutrition with more detail, especially with regard to its causes and consequences. It was also interesting to read specific information on Pakistan as well.
For example, ‘Child Malnutrition: trends and issues’ (Gulati, 2010) provided clear information on malnutrition, its effects and most important causes. Although undernutrition is actually defined as one part of malnutrition (next to overnutrition), the two terms are often used synonymously. Poverty is mentioned as the major cause of undernutrition, along with ignorance. This is highly related with limited food availability across poorer sections of society. Furthermore, a bad health environment (e.g., no water cleanliness, bad sanitation, no access to health services) is known to be a prime determinant of child malnutrition. Additionally, a lot of emphasis is put upon the nursing and caring role of women. Their health and physical well-being are crucial for the early years of a child’s life. Improving women’s education and knowledge is therefore one possible solution in the fight against child malnutrition. Finally, some cultural causes of malnutrition are addressed. In poor families, there seems to be an unequal distribution of food that is related to gender. Girls suffer malnutrition to a greater extent compared to boys just because the latter consume more. The same is true for women, and even expectant mothers are included among ‘the worst sufferers of malnutrition’. These things are hard to imagine from our Western perspective, but unfortunately part of many people’s daily lives in the poorest sections of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Gulati, J.K. (2010). Child Malnutrition: Trends and Issues. Anthropologist, 12(2), 131-140.
Unicef (April, 2013). Improving Child Nutrition. The achievable imperative of global progress. Retrieved from http://data.unicef.org/corecode/uploads/document6/uploaded_pdfs/corecode/NutritionReport_April2013_Final_29.pdf